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Gare d'Enghien

Artist:
Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Date:
1855
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Image: 31.3 x 44.3 cm. (12 5/16 x 17 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5002
Not on view
While it may strike us as quaint, this scene represented modern French industry at its most advanced in 1855. Speeding down the tracks that Baldus presented with rushing perspective, trains traveling from Paris to Boulogne-sur-Mer averaged an astonishing thirty-two miles per hour and arrived at their destination in less than one-third the time required by horse-drawn coach.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, LR: "Gare d'Enghien"
Baron James de Rothschild; [Napoléon III, 1855]; [...]; Librairie Giraud-Badin, Paris, ca. 1990-91; Galérie Michèle Chomette, Paris, 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.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Napoleon III and Paris," June 9–September 7, 2009.

See acquisition papers in object file for full discussion. This is a variant of the image commonly found in the Chemin de fer du Nord albums, which shows the same station from the opposite direction.
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