Edouard Baldus Les Remparts a Avignon
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1856 Print Date 1860-70s
Dimensions 5-7/8 x 8-1/4 in. (149 x 210 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed and titled "Les remparts a Avignon" by photographer in the negative. "Avignon: les Remparts" is written in ink on recto of mount. The word "ancien" (or old) and a date Nov 2, 75 is written in ink in another hand. The seven is a bit strange on the date.
This fine, rich purple print shows the ramparts outside the walled medieval city of Avignon during the 1856 flood. The mirror-like surface of the water. In 1858 the government reminded Baldus that it owned the flood pictures. He reassigned the numbers to his New Louvre series, making this print a rare exception.
See: Daniel, Photographs of Edouard Baldus, pl.52; Brettell, Paper and Light, pl.63; Gernsheim, Origins of Photography, pl.181; Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, pl.104; Mondenard, Photographier l'Architecture: 1851-1920, p.122; Christ, L'Age d'or de la Photographie, pl.74.
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