Dubois de Nehaut, L.P.T. (Chevalier)



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Douai [F], 1799 - Brussels, 1872


1851 - 1872 + Bruxelles - Saint-Josse, Place de Cologne, 7<51-71> then 9<71-72>
Louis Pierre Théophile, ° 10.8.1799; + 21.9.1872. Justice at the Court of First Instance in Lille [F]. Knight of the order of Leopold for his "civic courage" during the 1848 revolution. He was the most talented amateur photographer active in Belgium in the 1850s. He was also a pioneer of photographic reportage. Registered as a person of private means, he went to live at this address on 2.12.1851 [= Place des Nations <56-57> = Place Rogier], but remained domiciled in his château at Auby, near Douai [F]. Dubois used the wet plate process and printed on salted or albumen paper. In 1854, he composed an album "Promenade aux environs de la Place de Cologne à Bruxelles - délassements d'un ami de Mr Gihoul" comprising views of Brussels taken through the window of his apartment, two self-portraits and street scenes in which he tried to record movement. In the same year, he photographed the Brussels zoological gardens. In May 1854, he took a trip to the Levant, resulting in an album including 78 prints of Athens and Constantinople mainly by James Robertson (1813-1888), some with annotations on photographic technique in Dubois' own hand. Dubois de Nehaut was elected a member of the "Société française de photographie" on 19.10.1855.  
In July 1856, with the help of the French photographer Humbert de Molard, he took about sixty negatives of the festivities marking the 25th anniversary of Léopold I’s accession to the throne. This series includes a photograph of the Manneken Pis statue, "the oldest citizen of Brussels", which he dedicated to Princess Charlotte, the future empress of Mexico. Following his trip to Constantinople in 1854, he journeyed to Spain in around 1856. In June 1857, he took thirty photographs of the review of the imperial guard in the Bois de Boulogne [F]. In 1858 he began reproducing works by the Flemish primitives in public and private collections. His series "Trésors de l'art ancien dans les Flandres", comprising 70 plates, was published in 1859. In 1861, he made a series of 70 stereoscopic views of Antwerp. In the early 1860s, he took a series "Voyage sur le chemin de fer du Nord et ses embranchements de Paris à Trieste", the "Brussels to Antwerp" and "Bruges and Ostend" sections in stereo, the section from Pepinster to Spa in half plate. His last known work "La journée des parapluies" [Day of the Umbrellas], dates from 30.4.1867. He moved to Place des Nations, 9 on 11.3.1871.


1851 - 1872 + Bruxelles - Saint-Josse, Place de Cologne, 7<51-71> then 9<71-72>


Brussels, 1856 (Brussels festivities; honorable mention); Brussels, 1857 (Bois de Boulogne military review); Paris, 1857 (Brussels festivities); London, 1858 (no address); Paris, 1859 ("of Douai").

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JOSEPH, S.F. & SCHWILDEN, T. Le Chevalier L.P.T. Dubois de Nehaut (1799 1872) : sa vie et son oeuvre. Brussels & Antwerp, 1987, 104 pp.
DUQUENNE, Isabelle. “L’Album Voyage en Orient. 1854 du photographe Dubois de Nehaut” in La Photographie douaisienne du Daguerréotype au numérique, Douai & Gand, 2018, pp. 38-51.




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SFJ revised 30.1.2019; SFJ revised 1.7.2020 based on information supplied by Jos Demarée; MD revised 25.7.2023




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