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Photograph - Coping of the gutters above the pediments, Paris Opera
  • Coping of the gutters above the pediments, Paris Opera
    Durandelle, Louis-Emile, born 1838 - died 1917
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Coping of the gutters above the pediments, Paris Opera

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (photographed)

  • Date:

    1864-1867 (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.2319-1990

  • Gallery location:

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

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, such as the freshly carved piece seen here. These were then heaved into place. Images such as this convey the scale of the monumental coordinated task of building by showing the isolated parts that go to make the massive whole.

Physical description

Photograph of large architectural decorationsin a workshop on site, ready to be placed on the Paris Opera building.

Place of Origin

Paris (photographed)

Date

1864-1867 (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: 27.2 cm image, Width: 38.5 cm image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Delmaet and Durandelle, 'Couronnement des chéneaux des frontons, Paris Opera' [Coping of the gutters above the pediments, Paris Opera], 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

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Opera house; Carving; Stonemason; Building

Categories

Architecture; Photographs; Architectural fittings

Production Type

Unlimited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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