Gioacchino Antonio Rossini

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Nadar (Gaspard-Felix Tournachon)
French (1820–1910)
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, 1856
Lightly albumenized salted paper print

Nadar was one of the most sought-after portrait photographers in Paris and an important innovator in the new medium. On March 5, 1856, Leon Escudier wrote to Nadar, "I come from Rossini's . . . he will be free tomorrow from one-thirty to two. . . I have assured him that you will make a portrait worthy of him…"  Gioacchino Rossini (1792–1868), was one of the most significant 19th-century opera composers, whose compositions include The Barber of Seville, Othello, Cinderella, and William Tell.  At the sitting, Nadar revealed the mischievous wit of this master of musical composition