Edouard, François



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  • Professional


Life dates

Amsterdam [NL], 1822 - Amsterdam [NL], 1900


1848 */ Namur, Rue de l'Ange (at the corner of Grand Place)
Pseudonym of Eduard de Prouw, ° 11.6.1822; + 10.5.1900. Active as a daguerreotypist since 1842, when scarcely out of his teens. An indefatigable itinerant throughout the 1840s; in 1842 alone, he was recorded in Weesp, Mulden, Naarden and Rotterdam as well as his native Amsterdam. Trace of him is found mainly in the Netherlands: he spent the summers between 1842 and 1856 in Amsterdam at various addresses. He was also in Groningen, Leeuwarden and Utrecht in 1843, The Hague in 1846 and 1851, and Apeldoorn in 1849.
At M. Cornet’s from April until 22.5.1848. As an itinerant daguerreotypist, he stated that he came from Paris. He taught daguerreotypy and sold new and second-hand equipment.
1848 */ Tournai, Grand'Place
"M. Edouard, daguerreotype artist, passing through Tournai, has the honour of announcing that he makes coloured and permanent portraits at the price of 5, 6, 7, and 10 francs. He is staying at M. Landas’, merchant tailor, and receives clients daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m." (Feuille de Tournai, 7.7.1848). Announced his intention to depart at the end of August (Courrier de l'Escaut, 22.8.1848).
1848 */ Gand, Place d'Artevelde (café-hôtel de l'Univers)
Advertisement in the "Messager de Gand" on 22.10.1848 and on 6, 10, and 14.12.1848, announcing that he would leave town at the end of the month. Exhibition in Rue des Champs, no. 7 (on the premises of M. Bastien).
1849 * Anvers, Marché au Lait, 603
Stayed in Antwerp for several weeks at Coulomb’s, novelty merchant, from January 1849. His coloured portraits were exhibited on the premises of F. Tessaro, Marché aux Souliers, 603.
By June 1856 de Prouw had settled in Amsterdam where he initially continued to operate as a daguerreotypist, in parallel to dealing in fashion accessories. He was twice declared bankrupt: in 1858 as a glove salesman and in 1867 as a piano dealer. He was last recorded as a photographer in the Amsterdam trade directory for 1868-1869. His final entry in the Amsterdam directories is as a dealer in French pianos in 1885-1886.


1848 */ Namur, Rue de l'Ange (at the corner of Grand Place)
1848 */ Tournai, Grand'Place
1848 */ Gand, Place d'Artevelde (café-hôtel de l'Univers)
1849 * Anvers, Marché au Lait, 603


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WACHLIN, Steven & ROOSEBOOM, Hans. "Parijzenaar of Amsterdammer? Hoofdstedelijk raadsel ontsluierd", Nieuwsbrief Nederlands Fotogenootschap, March 1997, pp. 15-16.




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SFJ revised 20.10.2017, 8.11.2017 & 6.1.2018; revised 4.4.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght




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