Bisson Freres Cathedrale d'Amiens
Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1854 Print Date 1854
Dimensions 16-3/8 x 13-9/16 in. (416 x 344 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With Bisson's oval blindstamp, which was used only in 1853-54, and a black ink stamp "Cathedrale d' Amiens" on recto of mount. Framed. Provenance: from the collection of Duc de Luynes; through his heirs. Duc de 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 the one to Lebanon and Palestine in 1864, when he brought the amateur photographer Louis Vignes along to take photographs of the trip. He sponsored the Bisson brothers on their trip to Italy to document the major architectural ruins and important buildings there. The duke's collection of 19th-century photography is considered the most important such collection of that period.
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