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Photograph - Steps to the main facade, January 1867
  • Steps to the main facade, January 1867
    Durandelle, Louis-Emile, born 1838 - died 1917
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Steps to the main facade, January 1867

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)
    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    January 1867 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Durandelle, Louis-Emile, born 1838 - died 1917 (photographer)
    Delmaet & Durandelle (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from collodion negative

  • Museum number:

    E.2349-1990

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case x, shelf 440

The new Opéra in Paris was designed by Charles Garnier and constructed between 1861 and 1875. Its highly decorated Neo-Baroque style perfectly reflected the confidence and grandeur typical of Parisian architecture at this time. Louis-Emile Durandelle specialised in photographs of construction and industry during this period of intense activity in Paris. This photograph is one of a series that conveys the monumental task and manual effort involved in constructing the Opéra.

Physical description

Photograph of construction work on Paris Opéra House.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)
Paris (photographed)

Date

January 1867 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Durandelle, Louis-Emile, born 1838 - died 1917 (photographer)
Delmaet & Durandelle (photographers)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from collodion negative

Marks and inscriptions

'Photographie de Delmaet & Durandelle, 22, Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, Portraits et reproductions'
Stamped

Dimensions

Height: 277 mm image, Width: 393 cm image, Height: 378 mm sheet, Width: 493 mm sheet

Object history note

Louis-Emile Durandelle photographed the stages of construction of the new opera house in Paris. The Opéra was designed by Charles Garnier and built between 1861 and 1874. Durandelle’s series of images show the façade as a whole, the stone masons at work and studies of their decorative chisel-work.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Delmaet and Durandelle, 'Perron de la façade principale, janvier 1867' [Steps to the main facade, January 1867], 1 of 47 photographs recording the construction and decoration of the Palais Garnier, albumen print from collodion negative, Paris, 1867

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

Desjours, Jean. Le grand oeuvre: photographies des grands travaux: 1860-1900. Paris: Centre national de la photographie, 1984.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1990

Labels and date

The New Paris Opéra was designed by Charles Garnier and constructed between 1861 and 1874. Its highly decorated Neo-Baroque style perfectly reflected the confidence and grandeur expected of architecture in Paris at this time. Durandelle specialised in photographs of construction and industry during this period of intense activity in Paris. These photographs are part of a series that conveys the monumental task and manual effort involved in constructing the building. [22/09/2004]

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Opera houses; Construction

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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