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Photograph - Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau
  • Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau
    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884
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Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Fontainebleau (photographed)

  • Date:

    1851 (photographed)
    c.1855 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold-toned albumen print from waxed paper negative.

  • Credit Line:

    Chauncey Hare Townshend Bequest 1868

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DELTA, shelf 6

Gustave Le Gray trained as a painter in the 1840s but took up photography soon after. He followed the Barbizon School painters to the French forest of Fontainebleau, where he made enchanting photographic studies. Combining technical knowledge with artistic flair, Le Gray rapidly became one of the most renowned photographers of his day.

Physical description

Gold-toned albumen print photograph of the Forest of Fontainbleau. A clearing is depicted with wild flowers and a narrow path leading through the trees. The woodland becomes darker and thicker on either side of the path. A facsimilie signiature of the artist in red ink appears in the bottom right hand corner of the print.

Place of Origin

Fontainebleau (photographed)


1851 (photographed)
c.1855 (printed)


Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gold-toned albumen print from waxed paper negative.


Height: 300 mm, Width: 380 mm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Gustave Le Gray, 'Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau', 1851, printed c.1855, albumen print

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Coe, Brian & Haworth-Booth, Mark. A Guide to Early Photographic Printing Processes. London: The Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Hurtwood Press, 1983.
Storie dell'Impressionismo : I grandi protagonisti da Monet a Renoir da Van Gogh a Gauguin / a cura di Marco Goldin. Treviso : Linea d'ombra, [2016] 9788889902349
p. 312


Photographic paper


Albumen; Waxed; Toned; Technique




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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