Calphas, Athanase (Athanasios)

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Person (Male)

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  • Professional

Details

Life dates

Constantinople [TR], 1837 - Paris [F], 1915

Activity

1864 * - 1865 / Bruxelles, Rue d'Assaut, 24
Athanase Constantin, ° 10.1.1837; + 10.10.1915. Son of architect Constantin Calphas. He had worked in Paris and in Athens where he married a Belgian, Henrica Maria Van Beneden. He was recorded as a salesman aged 25 resident in Brussels in August 1858. Note that his declared age in Belgium made him some three or four years older than the precise date of birth given in France. Returning to Athens in late 1859, probably via Paris, he opened a portrait studio and soon afterwards took as his assistant Petros Moraites (1835-1905) who went on to become the best known photographer in the Greek capital. Children born in Greece in 1860 and 1861, and in Constantinople in 1863. Arrived at this address on 11.3.1864. He left for Antwerp on 1.3.1865.
1864 * - 1865 / Anvers, Klapdorp, 30
1865 * / Anvers, Marché Saint-Jacques, 69
1865 * - 1868 / Anvers, Rue Leys, 31 (= Rue de la Station)
Predecessor: Delehaye & Sluyts # (Station)  Successor: Calphas & Lints (Station)
Patent of 16.11.1868 for an "enlarger of photographic negatives operating in all weathers without sunshine". On CVs at this address silver and bronze medals are mentioned, in 1859, probably those he received at the Olympia Exhibition in Athens.
1868 ca - 1871 Malines, Rue du Bruel, 33
There are CVs bearing the addresses in Antwerp, Rue Leys, and Malines.
1869 * - 1871 / Anvers, Place de Meir, 89 or 26 (= Maison du Gymnase)
Successor: Verryck - Fleetwood Antoni & Cie
He established himself at this address after fire destroyed his studio in Rue de la Station/Rue Leys in January 1869. See Calphas & Lints. He was recorded as a photographer aged 37 resident in Antwerp at the wedding of his sister-in-law in Brussels on 21.1.1871. Left for Brussels later in 1871 after the death of his first wife.
Calphas remarried in 1872 and moved to Paris where he spent the rest of his career. He may have spent a couple of years in Northern France before settling permanently in Paris. A. Calphas operated in Lille [F], Faubourg Notre-Dame, 7, in c. 1867, and a certain Calphas in Tourcoing [F], Rue de Lille, 51 at an unspecified date, and Rue Nationale, 74 in c. 1874-1875. Studios in Paris, Boulevard Montparnasse, 166 where a daughter was born on 18.6.1875, and Avenue du Maine, 178 where a son was born on 14.5.1879. Another son was born at Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 84 on 18.10.1891. Other studio addresses recorded are Chaussée du Maine, 130 in the 1880s, Rue Brezin, 15 at an unspecified date, Avenue des Gobelins, 43 in the 1880s and Boulevard Arago, 31 in the early 1890s. At the wedding of a daughter from his first marriage held in Brussels - Schaerbeek on 27.5.1884, Calphas was recorded as a photographer resident in Paris. "Calfas, known as Calphas", Place d'Italie, 20 registered a patent on 18.4.1899 for "a new type of photograph imitating vitrified enamel or porcelain". He was still active at this address in 1901.

Locations

1864 * - 1865 / Bruxelles, Rue d'Assaut, 24
1864 * - 1865 / Anvers, Klapdorp, 30
1865 * / Anvers, Marché Saint-Jacques, 69
1865 * - 1868 / Anvers, Rue Leys, 31 (= Rue de la Station)
1868 ca - 1871 Malines, Rue du Bruel, 33
1869 * - 1871 / Anvers, Place de Meir, 89 or 26 (= Maison du Gymnase)

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Bibliography/Webography

"Athanase Calphas", http://portraitsepia.fr/photographes/calphas/ (accessed 22.7.2019)

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Record source

DIRECTORY_1997#564

Identity of institution

FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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Dates of creation/revision

MCC revised 21.5.2018 & 22.7.2019; SFJ revised 21.5.2018, 5.6.2018 & 1.1.2019

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