Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche (from the Rue de la Huchette)
Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
35.9 x 27.2 cm (14 1/8 x 10 11/16 in. )
Gift of Howard Stein, 2010
Not on view
Trained as a painter and an illustrator, Marville began photographing in 1851, and by 1862 he was named "photographer of the city of Paris," photographing Baron Haussmann's vast program of demolition and construction. Although he also photographed the modern city that replaced old Paris, he is best known for his documents of the picturesque and insalubrious districts slated for destruction.
This narrow street in the Latin Quarter, less than one hundred feet in length, actually remains much the same as it was when first opened in 1540 and when photographed by Marville in the 1860s, though later construction has constricted the street even further.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on label adhered to mount, recto BC: "Rue du Chat qui pesche // (de la rue de la Huchette)"; inscribed on mount, verso BR, BL: "119", "Abords Place Maubert // m existantes[?]"
Alfred Grandidier (naturalist, explorer, president of the Société de géographie) to his grandson Alain-Jean Grandidier, Paris; Librarie Laurent Coulet, Paris; Serge Plantureux, Paris; Howard Stein, New York
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.
de Thézy, Marie. Marville, Paris. Paris: Hazan, 1994. p. 575, fig. 6.