Fr. Alphonse Fortier Escalier de Chateau de Blois

Price $2,000
Sale Price $1,400

Ref.# 14001

Medium Albumen print from albumen wet plate negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1856  Print Date 1856

Dimensions 9-3/4 x 7-7/16 in. (249 x 189 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France

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This was the first photographic illustration published in the SFP's Revue Generale in 1856 in albumen.

Fortier exhibited at the 1856 Exposition de Buxelles and the Societe Francaise de Photographie's (S.F.P.) 1857 and 1867 expositions. After making daguerreotypes, he used albumen and collodion glass negatives. Blanquart Evrard published many of his images, although this is not a Blanquart Evrard print. The Royal Château de Blois is located in the Loir-et-Cher département in the Loire Valley, in France. The residence of several French kings, it is also the place where Joan of Arc went in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orléans. Built in the middle of the town that it effectively controlled, the château of Blois comprises several buildings constructed from the 13th to the 17th century around the main courtyard. Its most famous piece of architecture is the magnificent spiral staircase in the François I wing. In 1841, under the direction of King Louis-Philippe, the Château de Blois was classified as an historic monument, and so became a favorite subject of early French photographers.

See: Jammes, Blanquart-Evrard et les Origines de l'Edition Photographique Francaise, pl.534, p.301; Sobieszek, "This Edifice is Colossal": 19th-century Architectural Photography, pl.47.

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