Edouard Baldus Les Remparts a Avignon
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1856 Print Date 1860s
Dimensions 6 x 8-1/4 in. (152 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.
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 and the sky has been enhanced by hand. 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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