Les Ruines de Paris et de ses Environs 1870-1871: Cent Photographies: Second Volume. Par A. Liébert, text par Alfred d'Aunay.
Alphonse J. Liébert (French, 1827–1913)
Alfred d'Aunay (French)
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Images approx.: 19 x 25 cm (7 1/2 x 9 13/16 in.), or the reverse Mounts: 32.8 x 41.3 cm (12 15/16 x 16 1/4 in.), or the reverse
Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library Fund, 2007
Not on view
Alfred d'Aunay's introduction to the second volume of Liébert's compendium of photographs of the ruins of Paris and its environs begins with the following description of Neuilly, the suburb of Paris that for three weeks lay between the Communards and the nationalists and absorbed the fire of each:
If the tourist would like to get an idea of a complete disaster, of a village in which not a house was spared, in which not a section of wall dodged the terrible baptism of bombardment and grapeshot, it is to Neuilly that he must make his pilgrimage. At Neuilly, all along that immense avenue that Sunday "promeneurs" know so well, there is not a single house that did not at least have its windows broken, its roof caved in, its walls breached by large holes.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Printed inscriptions on mounts, recto BL: "A. Liébert. Photo"; mounts, recto BR: "31. Rue St. Lazare"; and printed titles on mounts, recto BC; numeric notations in pencil on mounts, recto TR.
Estate of Harry Lunn, Paris; [Baudoin Lebon, Paris]
Goldschmidt, Helmut, and Weston J. Naef. The Truthful Lens: A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book, 1844–1914. 1st ed. New York: The Grolier Club, 1980. no. 105.
Bajac, Quentin. La Commune Photographiée. Paris: Musée d'Orsay, 2000. p. 114.
Includes the following plates as they appear in the plate list. When there are variations between the titles on the plate list and those printed on mounts recto, the title from mount recto is listed second. Please note that the plates are bound out of order and the order below reflects the anomalies. Accession numbers follow the plate numbers, not the order in which the plates are bound. Disbound plates are assigned accession numbers as if they were in their original order:
No. 51 - (2007.454.2.1) Neuilly. Avenue du Roule. Neuilly Bombardé. Avenue du Roule.
No. 52 - (2007.454.2.2) Neuilly. Vue générale de la rue Perronet. Neuilly Bombardé. Vue générale de la rue Perronnet.
No. 53 - (2007.454.2.3) [removed and matted separately] Neuilly. Vue générale de la rue de Chézy. Neuilly Bombardé. Vue générale de la rue de Chézy.
No. 54 - (2007.454.2.4) Neuilly. Institution protestante, rue de Chézy. Neuilly Bombardé. Institution protestante, rue de Chézy.
No. 57 - (2007.454.2.5) Le Palais de Saint-Cloud. Vue extérieure prise de la Cour d'honneur. Le Palais de St. Cloud. Vue extérieure prise de la Cour d'honneur.