Carte de visite portrait of Jaroslaw Dombrowski (1836-1871) a member of the Paris Commune which was the socialist and revolutionary government that ruled Paris from 18 March to 28 May 1871.
Dabrowski, Polish officer in the Russian army, he prepared the insurrection of 1863 against the Russians and was sentenced to deportation to Siberia, escaped to France where he fought as a general of the Paris Commune . He died on 23 May 1871 on the barricades of his adopted city. The Commune itself fell on 28 May 1871. The subsequent massacres of the Communards by French National Government shocked liberal society throughout Europe. Nevertheless, the shame of Dabrowski having associated himself so closely with socialism and revolution was such that his two sons were driven to commit suicide, and his brother was driven to crime in exile.
Pierre Lanith Petit (1832-1909)
French photographer born in Provence. He learned photography in Paris under orders André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889). In 1858, he opened his own workshop. He was the official photographer of the 1867 Exposition Universelle and went to New York several times to report on the construction of the Statue of Liberty. In 1898, he was the first photographer to attempt underwater photography.
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