de Blochouse, Alexandre (& Cie)



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  • Société Royale Belge de Photographie

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Mons, 1821 - Brussels - Ixelles, 1901


1869 * - 1885 ca Bruxelles - Ixelles, Rue Keyenveld, 73
Predecessor: Fierlants Edmond  Successor: Harcq Henri-Xavier
° 3.1.1821; + 22.1.1901. An engineer, he began his career in civil construction. Mayor of Otrange, 1854-1866. "Engineer" of the "Société Royale Belge de Photographie", 1865-1868, he was in charge of financial management, while Edmond Fierlants was the artistic director. From 1869 on he was proprietor and manager of the company. At the beginning he operated in the same market segments as Fierlants: the reproduction of Belgian views and works of art. At the end of 1870, he published a series of 120 reproductions of old paintings, and in 1872, some 50 views of Oudenaarde, Bruges, Brussels, Ghent, Hal, and Ypres to supplement the firm’s catalogue.
Thereafter, de Blochouse decided to reorient the company towards photomechanical printing; for a short period, around 1874, he renamed it "Etablissement Polygraphique". In 1873 and 1874, transformation of the establishment and installation of laboratories and flat-bed presses for collotype. Recorded the construction of the winter garden, centrepiece of the Royal Greenhouses in Laeken, designed by Alphonse Balat, in a series of double-plate albumen prints, 1874-1875. "Album photographique des maisons primées aux nouveaux boulevards à Bruxelles, 1872-1876", c. 1877 containing 20 albumen prints. In the 1880s, he concentrated on printing posters, catalogues and prospectuses. In about 1885, de Blochouse retired from management of the company.
Founder member of the ABP; vice-president of the ABP from 1874 until 1881; president from 1883 until 1886; president of the Brussels section from 1880 until 1891. Resided in Chaudfontaine in 1884; in Widoye-Tongres in 1887. Left Belgium in 1894 to join his son in Brazil. Honorary member of the ABP from this date on. Returned to Belgium in 1897 and lived in Brussels - Ixelles.


1869 * - 1885 ca Bruxelles - Ixelles, Rue Keyenveld, 73


Liège, 1867; Paris, 1869; Groningen, 1873; Vienna, 1873; London, 1874; Brussels, 1874; Brussels, 1875 ("director of the Etablissement polygraphique of Brussels - Ixelles"); Brussels, 1880; Ghent, 1880.

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Association belge de Photographie

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1874 - 1901

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