Acklen Children in Paris
Pauline, Claude and William Acklen in Paris
Left to right
Photographer: Menut Alexander Alophe (1812-1883)
Studio: Ane. Mon. G Le Gray & Cie.
Backmark: Ane. Mon. G Le Gray & Cie.
35 Boulev. Des Capucines
Place: Paris, France
Provenance: Adelicia to her daughter Pauline Acklen Locket, unknown, purchased by Belmont Mansion Association from a photograph dealer in Pennsylvania.
2016.01.50 BMA purchase
This photo places the children in a domestic setting with very upscale furniture. Interestingly, only three children are shown in this photo. The odd number of subjects provides a more artistic shoot than an even number.
Menut Alexander Alophe started taking photography lessons from the famous Nadar (pseudonym for Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, 1820-1910) in 1856 and rented an apartment from Nadar at 35 Boulevard des Capucines. When Gustave Le Gray went bankrupt in 1860, Alophe occupied his studio. Nadar also moved into that building the same year. In 1874, Alophe moved to 25 rue Royale.