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Oeil-de-boef des pavillions

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864-1867 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Delmaet & Durandelle (photographers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from collodion negative

  • Museum number:


  • 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

A photograph showing a bull's-eye window for the pavilions of the Palais Garnier.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)


1864-1867 (photographed)


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'


Height: 38.9 cm, Width: 27.2 cm

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, 'Oeil-de-boef des pavillions' [Bull's-eye window for the pavilions], 1 of 47 photographs recording the construction and decoration of the Palais Garnier, albumen print from collodion negative, Paris, 1864-1867

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


Photographic paper


Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Window; Opera house; Construction


Photographs; Architecture; Architectural fittings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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