Photographs from the Grand
Academy of Lagado
This site is a pilot project of the Lower Laurentian Metafictional Research Council to showcase material to the international academic community.
The Lagado Project was established by the Lower Laurentian Metafictional Research Council five years following the discovery of the Appert Folio in the fall of 1988.The Folio found in the medical archives of the facility at Charenton contained 84 albuminized salted-silver prints and 157 wet collodian plates.The project was originally staffed by Dr. Norman Golb, Professor of the History of Science, Dr. Michael Wise, Assistant Professor of history of photography, as well as by our graduate research assistant, Anthony Tomasino.
Because of the nature and content of the
images found in the Lagado Folio the photographs were initially attributed
to the medical scientist Dr. Duchene de Boulogne, though no connection
had been found between Duchene de Boulogne or any of his associates and
the Psychiatric Hospital at Charenton. The salted paper prints contained
in the folio bore the stamp of Blanquart-Evrard and were retraceable to
his print shop l'imprimerie photographique, in Argentueille, France.
Here the true author of the photographs was identified as Eugene Appert,
a portrait photographer and nephew to the 19th century French
physician and fantasmagore Étienne-Gaspard Robertson. An important
aspect of the early stages of the project had been to explore any link
or association between Appert and Charenton. A research technician by
the name of Francois Villette son of Francois Villette III, physician,
spiritist and partner of Étienne-Gaspard Robertson, was found to
have been in residence at Charenton beginning in 1843 and ending some
time before 1857.
Revised: August 3, 2001