Mayer, Pierson & Mulnier

Identity

Category

Partnership

Alternative name or descriptor

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Status

  • Professional

Details

Life dates

Activity

1855 * - 1866 Bruxelles, Rue des Fripiers, 32
Successor: Gaillard François
Photographers and daguerreotypists, they did not take daguerreotypes in Brussels. Main studio in Paris, Boulevard des Capucines, 5 then 3, then Boulevard des Italiens, 1864-1869. In the directories, Mayer and Pierson are listed under the heading "photographers", and Mulnier under the heading "painters". However, we have been unable to ascertain whether the French duo Léopold Ernest Mayer (° Paris [F], 17.6.1822; + Paris [F], 18.1.1895) and Pierre Louis Pierson (° Hinckange [Moselle, F], 13.12.1822; + Paris [F], 22.3.1913) were anything other than sleeping partners in the Brussels branch. Nelson Mulnier (° Nantes [F], 20.5.1814 or 1815), from a family of painter-photographers, moved from Paris to Brussels in 1855 to become managing partner of the studio in Brussels only. The firm made considerable investments in remodelling the Brussels branch. Scheduled to be opened shortly, the "salons and studios ... have been tastefully constructed to the plans and designs of a talented architect, Mr Winard - Janssens (Indépendance Belge, 2.12.1856).
As from September 1864 the name of Mulnier no longer appears on the CVs, which state "Studio Mayer & Pierson" and on the front "L. Pierson, Phot." and later "Mayer &  Pierson". According to the population registry, Mulnier left for Brussels - Saint-Josse before December 1866, but he was still listed in the Tarlier directory under the heading "painters and artists", to which "and photographer" was appended. He was living in Brussels - Saint-Josse in 1872. The firm's glass plate negatives were acquired by Ed. Fierlants & Cie in 1869 for purposes of re-use. "[The portraits] will be erased in two weeks time, unless objections are made by interested parties" (L'Indépendence Belge, 25.7.1869).

Locations

1855 * - 1866 Bruxelles, Rue des Fripiers, 32

Exhibitions

Brussels, 1856 (Mulnier); Brussels, 1861 (Mulnier).

Genres / subject matter

Techniques

Bibliography/Webography

Context

Affiliations

Management

Record source

DIRECTORY_1997#3003

Identity of institution

FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 1.5.2018; revised 5.8.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Actions