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Napoleon Sarony

New York, New York, USA, 1821–1896 (Lithographer, Photographer)

Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896) was an American lithographer and portrait photographer. He is especially known for his photographic portraits of the actors of the late-nineteenth-century American theater. Sarony was born in Quebec and moved to New York City around 1836. In 1843, he joined with James Major to start a lithography business, Sarony & Major. In 1845, James Major was replaced by Henry B. Major in Sarony & Major, and it continued operating under that name until 1853. From 1853 to 1857, the firm was known as Sarony and Company, and from 1857 to 1867, as Sarony, Major & Knapp. Sarony left the firm in 1867 and established a photography studio at 37 Union Square, during the period when celebrity portraiture was extremely popular.

Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)
Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)