Ghemar Frères (XIX) - Leopold I, King of the Belgians & Marie Louise d'Orleans Queen of the Belgians
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Louis Joseph Ghémar (Lannoy, 8 January 1819 - Brussels, 11 May 1873) was a Belgian lithographer, painter, photographer and caricaturist.
Ghémar was born in northern France. His father was a teacher. After his death, mother Catherine Horlait returned to Belgium and remarried with a teacher from the Collège Royal in Aat. Louis took lessons there and also went to the local art academy. When he was seventeen, he studied a Brussels pioneer of lithography, Paul Lauters.
In 1838 he delivered the plates for a lithograph album published by Joseph Buffa, Album pittoresque de Bruges. The first caricature work that can be attributed with certainty to him appeared in Le charivari belge of 12 April 1839. He also collaborated on the magazine La Renaissance. Chronique des arts et de la litterature.
He spent the period 1849-1854 in Scotland. He associated himself with Schenk and MacFarlane in Edinburg, where he illustrated a luxury edition of Walter Scott's works. He also made passages in Aberdeen and Glasgow. Then he returned to Belgium. He first settled in Antwerp, where he set up a photography studio with the Dutchman Robert Severin. Their Etablissement artistique Ghémar et Severin was located at Hopland 1474. Severin made the shots and Ghémar retouched them and set the colors. At the end of January 1856 the duo sold their studio to Auguste de Bedts and moved to Brussels (Schildknaapstraat 27). Ghémar had good contacts as Freemason and could also use a unique magnification device with heliostats,  perhaps thanks to his inventor friend Désiré Van Monckhoven]
In 1855 Ghémar had sent eight lithographs to the Paris World Fair.
One of the photographic portraits of Leopold I by Ghémar & Severin was taken over by the prints publishers Simonau & Toovey. It earned them the title Photographes du Roi.
In the stone print Trinité photographique, printed in the magazine Uylenspiegel of 13 April 1856, Félicien Rops introduced him between his colleagues Antoine Dewasme and Robert Severin (Galerie d'Uylenspiegel, No. 11). 
In 1858 Ghémar released the album L'œuvre de Madou, with twelve photographic reproductions of paintings by Jean-Baptiste Madou.
Severin left for The Hague in 1860 and was replaced by Ghémar's half-brother Léon Louis Auverleaux. They took the company name Ghémar Frères, who would survive the departure of Auverleaux and the death of Ghémar. Photos for business cards proved very popular and their studio became the most renowned of the capital. In 1862 Ghémar drew the portrait of the 80 personalities that were present at the Banquet des Misérables that Victor Hugo was offered by his publishers Lacroix and Verboeckhoven.
In 1864 he photographed the departure of the Géant, the hot air balloon of his friend Nadar. Later he would accompany him on a trip to Switzerland (1868).
In 1866 Ghémar published an album with 14 recordings of the funeral of King Leopold I and the enthronement of Leopold II. To this end, he made photo montages of his own clichés, painted in order to overcome the problems of orthochromatism.
Around 1870 he published a series of photographs of the Senne before the inauguration operation commissioned by the Belgian Public Work Company. In the same year he also opened a gallery in art objects.
He died in Brussels on May 11, 1873 and is buried in Laeken, in a mausoleum of sculptor Ernest Carrier-Belleuse.
After the death of Louis Ghémar, the firm continued under its name until 1894. Thereafter, its fund was purchased by Géruzet Frères. His art collection was sold publicly on April 9, 1877 (419 items, of which 97 paintings).
- Ghemar Freres fotograaf van de Koning Brussel
- Title of artwork
- LEOPOLD I Koning der Belgen en Koningin
- Albumen paper process, Carte de visite
- Not signed
- Vintage print