Billing

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Person (Male)

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  • (In the) Bazar Pantechnique

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  • Professional

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1842 */ Bruxelles, Rue Ducale, près du Parc (Palais d'Orange)
Operator in the establishment exploiting Beard’s patented system, the first studio in Belgium, from the beginning of March 1842. "On top of the building used as the Bazar Pantechnique near the Palace of the Prince of Orange, a very elegant pavilion has just been erected, which dominates the entire view of the Park and which is currently the fashionable rendez-vous of the distinguished men in town. In less time (three or four seconds) than needed to say it, your portrait is made by Mr Daguerre’s photographic process, developed to its latest degree of perfection. The samples that could be seen at the 1838 exhibition [sic, for 1839] and in some shop-windows of our bookshops are but crude drafts as compared with Mr Billing’s miniatures. Taken with the speed of lightning, countenances no longer retain that gloomy and sad aspect which is obtained by too long a state of immobility. The most delicate pencil could not draw better lines. In a word it is the living portrait of the model, feature by feature. With an exquisite politeness, Mr Billing keenly shows to the inquisitive his gallery of Brussels notables who have passed through his salon, and who will thus pass into posterity." (Le Courrier Belge, 8.3.1842).

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1842 */ Bruxelles, Rue Ducale, près du Parc (Palais d'Orange)

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DIRECTORY_1997#256

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FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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