Amazing 19th Century Photos of Countess Virginie de Castiglione by Pierre Louis Pierson

In 1844 Pierre-Louis Pierson began operating a studio in Paris that specialized in hand-colored daguerreotypes. In 1855 he entered into a partnership with Léopold Ernest and Louis Frédéric Mayer, who also ran a daguerreotype studio. The Mayers had been named “Photographers of His Majesty the Emperor” by Napoleon III the year before Pierson joined them. Although the studios remained at separate addresses, Pierson and the Mayers began to distribute their images under the joint title “Mayer et Pierson,” and together they became the leading society photographers in Paris (source).

Pierre Louis Pierson´s most interesting professional project is the close collaboration he led with Virginia Oldoini, the Countess of Castiglione. She directed Pierre-Louis Pierson to help her create 700 different photographs in which she re-created the signature moments of her life for the camera. Both enjoyed creating playful identities within which the countess could be a Madonna, a sensual vamp revealing her legs and feet or a fantasy creature clad in eccentric costumes (source).

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La Comtesse décolletée; Roses mousseuses (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione)

by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1861–67

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Béatrix  (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione)

by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1856–57

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La Psyché  (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione)

by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1860s.

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Stella (autre) (Countess Virginia Oldoini Verasis di Castiglione)

by Pierre-Louis Pierson, 1860s.

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2 responses to “Amazing 19th Century Photos of Countess Virginie de Castiglione by Pierre Louis Pierson

  1. Pingback: Pierre Louis Pierson (1822 – 1913) – Countess Virginie de Castiglione | ღ Vintage Blog | First Night Design

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