Rue du Contrat-Social, de la rue de la Tonnellerie
Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Image: 22.5 x 37.1 cm (8 7/8 x 14 5/8 in.)
Mount: 41.3 x 60.3 cm (16 1/4 x 23 3/4 in.)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gift, 2005
Not on view
In the late 1850s Marville became one the primary photographers for the city of Paris, recording its new spaces such as the renovated Bois de Boulogne and the older areas slated for demolition and rebuilding under the modernization carried out by Baron Hausmann for Emperor Napoleon III. A memorable scene in the classic French historical novel Les Miserables (1862) by Victor Hugo takes place on the street shown here. In the background are the market pavilions of Les Halles; in the foreground, on rue de la Tonnellerie, are shops selling umbrellas and other household goods. Both streets would soon be destroyed as part of the urbanization of Paris.
Inscription: Blindstamp on mount, recto BC: "CH.MARVILLE // PHOTOGRAPHE // DU MUSEE IMPERIAL // DU LOUVRE"; inscribed in pencil on mount, BR: "Rue du Contrat Social, de la rue de la Tonnellerie"
[Graphics International, Ltd., Washington, D.C.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, March 10, 1980