This sleeping child with tousled hair, stretched out on a luxurious velvet-draped armchair, is likely the Prince Imperial, son of Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie of France. Regardless of the artist’s or sitter’s identity, this photograph—which is known only in this single example—possesses a beauty and intimacy rarely found in portraits of the period.


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Artist
Possibly by Antoine-Samuel Adam-Salomon, French, 1818–1881
Possibly by Léon Crémière, French, 1831–1913
and Erwin Hanfstaengl, German, 1838–1904
Title
[A Sleeping Child, Likely the Prince Imperial]
Date
c. 1859
Medium
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 10 1/2 × 8 in. (26.6 × 20.3 cm) Sheet: 10 1/2 × 8 in. (26.7 × 20.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2017.139
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Galerie Lumière des Roses, Paris, 2016]; purchased by MFAH, 2017.