“The views in the Pyrénées … prove how completely he has succeeded in securing the bold features of alpine scenery, with all its depths of shadow and its savage grandeur. Nothing more successful than these photographs of the Viscount Vigier have yet been produced.” The Art Journal, 1854
Viscount Vigier was one of Gustave Le Gray’s most successful pupils. He mastered both Talbot’s calotype and Le Gray’s waxed paper negative process. The Pyrénées photographs were a unique achievement, revealing Vigier’s originality, technical skill, and proficiency working with large negatives in the field. They were received in their own time with the highest praise in both France and England. The majority of Vigier’s Pyrénées photographs focus on the physical splendor and vast expanses of the region. This example is one of his selected landscapes of a sublime mountain valley, its lake, a spectacular geographic feature, and delightful details of rustic mountain life as in the lakeside fishing hut.
Private collection, France
Larry J. Schaaf with Russell Lord, Sun Pictures Catalogue Sixteen, Joseph, vicomte Vigier, Voyage dans les Pyrénées 1853 (New York: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., 2007) no. 28, pp. 72-73