Joseph vicomte Vigier (French, 1821-1894)
Chateau de Grand-Vaux, Savigny sur Orge, the family home of Vigier, circa 1855
Coated salt or albumen print from a paper negative
17.3 x 23.5 cm mounted on 20.6 x 29.2 cm album page
Joseph vicomte Vigier, the early French master, was one of Gustave Le Gray’s most successful pupils. His dramatic views in the Pyrénées in the album Voyage dans les Pyrénées 1853, were embraced in England and on the Continent. His comfortable mastery of Talbot’s calotype as well as Le Gray’s wax paper negative process gave him great flexibility and he used both of these techniques. This serene, elegant view of his family home in 1855 followed the unique achievement of his Pyrénées photographs. He continued to receive medals and honors for his contributions to the medium, but Vigier’s celebrated career as a photographer was mostly over by the late 1850s.