Signature: Circular monogram stamp on the recto; red credit stamp, 'Photographes de S M L'Empereur' credit blindstamp and titled in an unidentified hand in pencil on the mount.
Marbot, Les Frères Bisson photographes: De flèche en cime, 1840-1870, no. 165
Collection of Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes, Paris
Sotheby's, Paris, La Photographie II: Collection Marie-Thérèse et André Jammes, 21 March 2002, lot 135
About Bisson Frères
Known collectively as the Bisson Frères, the two brothers Louis-Auguste and August-Rosalie Bisson captured Europe’s attention with their striking, large-scale photographs of French churches and historic monuments across Europe. Their breathtaking alpine views shot on an expedition led by Napoleon III to celebrate the return of Savoy to France were widely celebrated, enhancing their reputation for a wide range of photographic styles. Shot from a bird’s-eye view, Glacier des Bossons, Savoie (ca. 1860) embodies man’s endeavor to overcome nature with its portrayal of the tiny ant-like figures crossing a glacier. Early work included studio portraiture and then, upon switching from using a daguerreotype to a positive/negative process, reproductions of works by Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer.