Salt print mounted on card 33.6 x 43.9 cms (13.20 x 17.25 ins) c.1855 JHG9661 Negative:
Lower left inscribed in negative: no 82
Lower right beneath negative: stamped E. Baldus
Lower left bottom: Vue generales des Paris pont neuf
Mount: 43.9 x 61 cms
Image: 33.6 x 43.9 cms
This exceptional print depicts the River Seine, the Pont Neuf and Notre Dame Cathedral with an impressive clarity.
Although Baldus' governmental commissions and work with the Misson Héliographique focused primarily on documenting singular monuments of Paris, this work displays his talent for aesthetically illustrating the general landscape as well. From the formal modern elements found within the geometry of the river barges to the iconic Gothic skyline that identifies the location, this view is one that visually describes Paris in the throes of modernisation.