Lot 10 of 446:
Baldus calotype of l'Arc de Triomphe  

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Lot closed - unsold
Estimate:
$200 - $300

Title:
Calotype from a photograph of l'Arc de Triomphe

Author:
Baldus, Edouard

Place:
Paris

Publisher:

Date:
[c. 1851]

Description:

Mounted calotype from a photograph of a relief on l'Arc de Triomphe. 27.8x17.8 cm (11x7").

With photographer's rubber stamp signature at lower right of image.
 

 Édouard-Denis Baldus was originally trained as a painter and had also worked as a draughtsman and lithographer before switching to photography in 1849. In 1851, he was commissioned for the Missions Héliographiques by the Historic Monuments Commission of France to photograph historic buildings, bridges and monuments, many of which were being razed to make way for the grand boulevards of Paris, being carried out under the direction of Napoleon III's prefect Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann. The high quality of his work won him government support for a project entitled Les Villes de France Photographiées, an extended series of architectural views in Paris and the provinces designed to feed a resurgent interest in the nation's Roman and medieval past. In 1855, Baron James de Rothschild, President of Chemin de Fer du Nord, commissioned Baldus to do a series of photographs to be used as part of an album that was to be a gift to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a souvenir of their visit to France that year. The lavishly bound album is still among the treasures of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle. One of Baldus' greatest assignments was to document the construction of the Louvre museum.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Some chips, tears and punctures to mounting sheet, soiling; light soiling to image area; about very good overall.


 
Item number:
312963
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