Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Entrance to the Port of Boulogne]

Artist:
Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Date:
1855
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
28.8 x 43.5 cm (11 5/16 x 17 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Louis V. Bell Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5000
Not on view
Boulogne-sur-Mer, the terminus of the railroad line from Paris, was the gateway for trade and travel between Victorian England and Second Empire France. It was also the arrival point for Queen Victoria's state visit in 1855, and this exceptionally rich, subtle print comes from an album commissioned by Baron James de Rothschild, owner of the line, for presentation to the imperial court on that occasion. Baldus's photograph, showing the elegantly engineered jetties that guided vessels from the English Channel past the scruffy shoreline and into the protected harbor alongside the Boulogne station, masterfully renders the soft light and atmosphere pursued by Impressionist painters a decade later.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, bottom right: "Boulogne. Entrée du Port."
Probably presented by Baron James de Rothschild to Napoléon III, (1855); [...]; [Librairie Giraud-Badin, Paris, France (ca. 1990–91); [Galerie Michèle Chomette, Paris, France (1991)]; [Charles Isaacs Photographs, Malvern, Pennsylvania (November 1991)]

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Edouard Baldus," October 3, 1994–December 31, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," October 3, 1994–December 31, 1994.

Montreal. Canadian Centre for Architecture. "Edouard Baldus," January 24, 1995–April 23, 1995.

Canadian Centre for Architecture. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," January 24, 1995–April 23, 1995.

Musée National des Monuments Français. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," May 13, 1995–August 11, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

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