Wilmotte, Joseph



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Liège, 1834 - Visé, 1893


1873 - 1893 + Liège, Boulevard de la Sauvenière, 104<74> or 112
Jean Joseph Baptiste, ° 14.5.1834; + 19.5.1893. Industrialist. Manufacturer of silverware and of gilt bronzeware. Member of the "Gilde de Saint Thomas et Saint Luc" from 1874 onwards. Joseph and his son Georges took part in outings by the Guild, taking turns in using a camera: "Whether it was a question of fixing an architectural detail, a notable piece of metalware, or a general view of a monument, we would immediately call on the good offices and the skill of the two Wilmottes, and always successfully. If the weather was overcast or the gloom inside churches required a longer exposure, our two operators spared neither patience nor their habitual good humour, even if it meant returning late for dinner long after the rest of the company had been comfortably seated" (Bulletin de la Gilde de Saint Thomas et Saint Luc, vol. 91, 1893, p. 181).
Wilmotte displayed in his shop window, in 1873 and 1874, a set of photographic portraits on ceramics manufactured by the painter-enameller Guyot, "fixed by firing, on enamel, porcelain, glass or earthenware" (La Meuse, 13.12.1873). He experimented himself with photographic enamels in 1886 as well as snapshots taken on a train moving at 45 km per hour. Member of the ABP from 12.3.1878. Vice-president of the Liège section of the ABP from 1879 until 1881. Not in ABP membership lists from 1889 to 1892. Erroneously "Wilmotte, G." in 1888 and 1893 (i.e. his son Georges).


1873 - 1893 + Liège, Boulevard de la Sauvenière, 104<74> or 112


Liège, 1892.

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De MOFFARTS d’HOUCHENEE, Alain. L’atelier d’orfèvrerie néo-gothique Wilmotte à Liège. Joseph Wilmotte (1834-1893), un orfèvre au service d’une idéologie, Louvain-la-Neuve, Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres, 1992 (unpublished dissertation).



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Association belge de Photographie

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1878 - 1893

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SFJ revised 21.7.2018 & 9.4.2020; SFJ revised 9.5.2020 & 28.2.2022 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght




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