PROUST, Adrien (1834-1903)

[20th November 1886] Original albumen print from period. Cabinet format (147 x 106 mm), mounted on thick card in the photographer’s name.

Famous portrait of Dr. Adrien Proust who was then fifty-two years old

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PROUST, Adrien (1834-1903)

[20th November 1886] Original albumen print from period. Cabinet format (147 x 106 mm), mounted on thick card in the photographer’s name.
Tiny spots, bottom right of the card slightly corrugated.
Stamp on verso from collection [Suzy] Mante-Proust

Famous portrait of Dr. Adrien Proust who was then fifty-two years old


Adrien Proust died on November 26, 1903 at which time Marcel does not show immense grief. Although he never affirmed it, but it is not impossible that he felt a sense of cowardly relief and deliverance now that he no longer had to justify himself to this father who did not understand him in his literary ambitions.

On the very day of Adrien Proust’s death, however, Marcel wrote to Robert de Montesquiou:

“I now bless those sick hours spent at home that have made me enjoy Dad’s affection and company so much in recent years. They now seem to me the happiest years, the ones when I was closest to him.”


Provenance:
-Proust Family
-Suzy Mante-Proust (only daughter of Robert Proust), by descent
-Patricia Mante-Proust (granddaughter of Suzy Mante-Proust), by descent

References : Nadar, represented in full p. 33. — Lettres, repr. in central notebook