Petit, Amable  (French, 1846-1916)

Dauphin-Amable Petit (known as Amable) (1846–1916) was a French actor and set designer and scene painter. This photograph is possibly a study for one of his paintings. That it is reproduced in ink remains a mystery as does the exact process. It is likely an early collotype by Arosa who was the publisher of the prints done by Marechel and Motay’s collotype process.