Photographer: Augustin Aimé Joseph Le Jeune
Backmark: Levitsky 22 Rue di Choiseul
Place: Paris, France
Possible Provenance: Adelicia to her sister Corinne Hayes Lawrence to her daughter Katherine Lawrence Poyntze to her daughter Mary Poyntz Scott to her daughter Katherine Scott Kator to her daughter Mary Kator by gift to Belmont Mansion Association.
2016.06.05 by gift from Mary Kator
Acklen Children in Naturalist Setting (Carte de Visite)
This photograph was made of the Acklen children on the Grand Tour in 1865-1866. Carte-de-vistes, which are also commonly known as CDVs, consist of an albumen print (the first commercial printed paper image) attached to a heavier card. This CDV was made at the Levitsky Studio, 22 Rue de Choiseul in Paris. Count Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (Russian, 1819-1898) was one of Europe’s most important photographers and innovators. In 1864, when he left Paris, he sold his studio to Augustin Aimé Joseph Le Jeune (French, act. 1864 –ca. 1885) who continued operating under the Levitsky name. In this photograph of the Acklen children, Le Jeune utilized one of Levitsky's photographic innovations, the interchangeable decorative background which provides the naturalist setting.