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Batterie Ouest de Malakoff

Artist:
Jean Charles Langlois (French, 1789–1870)
Date:
1855
Medium:
Albumen silver print from paper negative
Dimensions:
24.5 x 31.7 cm (9 5/8 x 12 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.71
Not on view
The day after the fall of Sebastopol, the Russian-held Crimean capital on the Black Sea, Colonel Langlois was commissioned by the French Ministry of War to photograph the defenses of the city, which had been under siege for more than a year. His view of the vanquished enemy's fort is more somber than triumphant. The now-silent cannons, roughly constructed fortifications, and depleted pile of cannon balls vie for attention amid overwhelming stillness, with a single shoe left behind by one of the Russian defenders.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, recto BC: "Batterie Ouest de Malakoff"; blindstamp on mount, recto BC: "Martens // PARIS [in oval]"; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BL: "58"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso TL: "9 [encircled] TEXBRAUN"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 35," June 24, 2003–October 19, 2003.

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