Plumier, Victor



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Liège, 1821 - Liège, 1895


1843 ca - 1867 ca Paris [F], Rue Vivienne, 36
Pierre Victor, ° 3.8.1821; + 14.4.1895. Daguerreotypist. He took over the management of the studio at this address, "near the Boulevard and the Passage des Panoramas", from his elder brother, Alphonse. "Daguerreotype. Plates silvered by Mr de Ruolz' electro-chemical processes. Do not confuse with electrotyped plates. Portraits from 4 to 40 frs" (Journal des débats, 19.12.1845). Recorded as a photographer domiciled at this address on the occasion of his wedding in Liège on 21.8.1860 to Marie Josephine Malherbe (° Liège, 29.12.1836; + Liège, 13.4.1895).
Victor's sister Marie Agnès Josephine Ernestine Plumier (° Liège, 31.12.1824; + Hermalle-sous-Argenteau, 12.4.1893) also lived here and assisted her brother in the studio. She was recorded as an artist photographer at this address on the occasion of her wedding to Laurent Jules Malherbe (° Liège, 29.12.1828; + Hermalle-sous-Argenteau, 21.2.1894) in Paris on 31.5.1862. Malherbe, Victor’s wife’s brother, was recorded as having no profession at the time of the marriage, but at the birth of a daughter in L’Étang-la-Ville [Yvelines, F] in November 1864 he was recorded as a photographer at this address.
Victor Plumier is believed to have been domiciled here until at least 1864 and Boisjoly states that it was his only studio from 1850 to 1867, at which date it was sold to Antoine ("Tony") Rouge. The 1864 Bottin records two occupations for Plumier at this address: as a photographer and, in partnership with his sister, as a starch manufacturer. The latter activity would make his fortune more rapidly than the former.
1845 - 1865 / Paris [F], Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 9
Daguerreotypist and photographer. He photographed the baptism of the Imperial Prince Louis-Napoléon in 1856, in collaboration with Fréderic von Martens. The studio was acquired by Charles Louis Klary in November 1865, after which Victor Plumier lived in Neuilly [F], Impasse de la Pointe. According to J.M. Voignier, Répertoire des photographes de France au 19e siècle, Chevilly-Larue, 1993, he worked as a manufacturer of starch in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges [Val-de-Marne, F] and Orléans [Loiret, F]. Plumier then reappeared in Belgium, recorded as a person of independent means at the birth of a stillborn son in Liège in January 1869 and in Comblain-au-Pont (province of Liège), where he was domiciled on 19.3.1869. He was still in Comblain in 1878, when he acted as a witness at the wedding in Liège of his niece to Léon Dorée (see that name). He seems to have remained in Belgium since, again described as a person of private means, he witnessed a sister-in-law's death certificate in Liège on 26.1.1887. At the time of his death, he was domiciled in Liège, Quai de Fragnée, 48.


1843 ca - 1867 ca Paris [F], Rue Vivienne, 36
1845 - 1865 / Paris [F], Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, 9


Paris, 1844 ("Daguerreotype portraits, plain and in natural colours"); London, 1852 ("portrait of a gentleman" from a collodion negative); Amsterdam, 1855; Brussels, 1856 (honorable mention); Amsterdam, 1858 (bronze medal).

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SFJ revised 17.11.2017; SFJ revised 29.3.2019 & 8.8.2020 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; SFJ revised 31.1.2021; MD revised 5.8.2020, 26.10.2022 & 25.7.2023




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