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Nouvel Opéra, Détails et Modèles Artistiques

Edouard Durandelle (French, 1839–1917; 1816–1879)

Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
1860s–early 1870s
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.377.1 (1-55)
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Many numbered in the negative
    Dalmaet & Durandelle blindstamp on all mounts in Album A and all Durandelle mounts in Album B: "Delmaet & Durandelle / 22, B'des Filles du Calvaire / Portraits & Reproductions"
    A few with Geo. B. Post & Sons blindstamp on the mounts: "GEO: B- Post & Sons"
    blindstamp on the mount of the Charles Marville photograph: "CH MARVILLE / Photographe / du Musée Imperial / du Louvre"

  • Provenance

    George Browne Post Collection, by descent; Marc Dessauce, New York; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, November 28, 1996

  • Notes

    Two albums of photographs of the construction of the Paris Opera, including one photograph of an artist's rendering of the completed grand staircase. All prints by Durandelle, except for one print by Charles Marville in Album B. It is the final print in Album B (36.1 x 27 cm).

    Durandelle made these albums especially for the American architect George Browne Post during one of Post's visits to Europe, using images personally selected by Post. The albums reflect Post's particular interest in structural improvements in European architecture. Post, a highly influential architect, was the foremost proponent in America of the Beaux-Arts style; in New York he designed the Stock Exchange.

    Several of the images in these albums were previously known only in the form of lithographs. [Pierre Apraxine]

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History