Théophile Gautier (French, 1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. His influence in all of these fields is difficult to overstate. He was friends with all the great literary and artistic luminaries of his time, and paid tribute to them in his works. This wonderful photograph, dating from 1855, is by none other than Nadar.

Théophile Gautier (French, 1811-1872) was a French poet, dramatist, novelist, journalist, and art and literary critic. His influence in all of these fields is difficult to overstate. He was friends with all the great literary and artistic luminaries of his time, and paid tribute to them in his works. This wonderful photograph, dating from 1855, is by none other than Nadar.