Louis Igout (French, 18371881)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1993 (1993.270)
The album in which this page appears is an excellent example of the type of photographs produced in the nineteenth century as an aid to artists in the study of contour, modeling, and proportion, and as a vocabulary of expression, gesture, and pose sanctioned by the art of antiquity and the old masters. Groupings representing Cain and Abel, the Drunken Silenus, Hercules and Antaeus, the Dying Gaul, the Cnidian Aphrodite, and others are recognizable among the photographs.