From Baldus to Le Gray

From 31 October 2018 to 6 January 2019, the Domaine de Chantilly will be home to an exceptional exhibition presenting the Duke of Aumale’s remarkable collection of photography from the second half of the 20th century. Visitors will discover: Gustave Le Gray’s famous seascapes, the Braun brothers’ Alpine views, and Robert Howlett’s current affairs photography,the first amateur photographs and the premises of industrial photography.


The Duke of Aumale and photography

Apart from its collection of paintings and precious books, the Domaine de Chantilly is also home to 1,400 photographs from the second half of the 20th century.

This collection was built up by Henri d’Orléans, the Duke of Aumale (1822-1897), fifth son of King Louis-Philippe, who in 1886 gave the château de Chantilly and its collections to the Institut de France.

Born several years after Niepce’s first experiments (1816), the Duke of Aumale was seventeen when, in 1839, François Arago unveiled the photographic technique developed by Louis Daguerre to the Académie des Sciences and the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.

From the daguerreotype to the first colour photograph, the Duke of Aumale collected works representing photography during his lifetime. His collection spans from the generation of pioneer photographers, such as Baldus, Le Gray and Fenton, right up to the turn of the century, with the first amateur photos by his nephew Robert d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres, and the arrival of industrial photography; it reflects the various facets of this great collector’s personality.


Practical information

Exhibition included in the Domain ticket with no extra charge.

Venue: Prints and Drawings Gallery in the château.



Nicole GARNIER, General Heritage Curator, in charge of the Condé Museum.


This exhibition is supported by the Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly.