The only variant image of the studio is in the collection of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. See: Lebel, p.23; Alex Novak, 19th-century French Master Photographers: Life into Art, p.178, pl.171.
Edmond Lebel was a French painter and photographer, born in Amiens, Somme, France in February 1834, to a family active as lithographers. His father was a lithographer by profession and worked with the photographer Andre Adolphe-Eugene Disdéri with whom he partnered in a photographic studio Paris in 1857.
Edmond Lebel became the pupil of Léon Cogniet at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1857. It was also in this year that the first mention of his photography was made in a letter to his mother by the young Lebel. After failing to get the Prix de Rome in 1861, Edmond Lebel accompanied his successful friends to Rome.
Lebel exhibited genre scenes at the Salon from 1861. His subjects were initially from the Brittany area, but from about 1863 onward he painted mostly Italian scenes that he observed in the vicinity of Rome and Naples during his stay in Italy. It is in Rome that the younger Lebel became more interested in photography, obtaining photographs from Roman photographers, as well as taking images himself.
Returning to Paris in 1863, he began to use photographic models for his paintings, probably assisted by his father Francois Désiré. The younger Lebel built a collection of over 500 photographs in albumen and salt prints, taken by him and by various authors including his father Désiré Lebel, the Disdéri studio, Giacomo Caneva, Pietro Boyesen, Gioacchino Altobelli, A. de Bonis, Constant Alexandre Famin, Ludovico Tuminello and Pierre Ambroise Richebourg.
From 1870 through the early part of 1872, Lebel traveled throughout Italy sketching and photographing, thereby missing the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War and the Paris Commune.
In 1880 Lebel became curator of the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts and director of the School of Fine Arts in Rouen, where he continued to work until 1898. Lebel died on September 17, 1908 in Amiens.
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Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Photo Date 1860c Print Date 1860c
Dimensions 9-7/8 x 7-9/16 in. (251 x 192 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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