Louis Vignes Lebanese Cedars
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1864 Print Date 1864
Dimensions 7 x 9-7/8 in. (178 x 251 mm)
Photo Country Lebanon
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Vignes accompanied the Duc de Luynes an archaeologist, numismatist and art collector on a trip to Lebanon and Palestine in 1864, despite of or because of his passionate amateur status as a photographer. He took calotypes to record key places. No more than 10 prints are known to exist. Luynes was highly interested in archeology, numismatics, art, architecture and photography; and he collected all of these articles. He sponsored a major contest for the first method of easy printing of photography and also sponsored numerous photographers and their work, often bringing photographers on his travels, such as this one. He also sponsored the Bisson brothers on their trip to Italy to document the major architectural ruins and important building there. The duke's collection of 19th-century photography is considered the most important such collection of that period.
Provenance: from the collection of Duc de Luynes; through his heirs.
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