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The Port and City of Sète-Mediterranean (Port et Ville de Sète-Mediterranée)

A work made of albumen print, from the album "vistas del mar".
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  • A work made of albumen print, from the album "vistas del mar".




Gustave Le Gray
French, 1820–1884

About this artwork

Trained as an academic painter, Gustave Le Gray achieved numerous technical and compositional innovations in photography. He gained acclaim in London in 1856 for a series of large-scale, technically accomplished seascapes made on the Normandy coastline. This photograph belongs to a series made the following year in the Mediterranean coast city of Sète, where Le Gray was on assignment to document a new train station. He positioned himself on the jetty that separated the port from the sea to make this photograph of the two-stacked steamship Saïd leading other vessels at anchor in the harbor. Another version of the same scene, made from the city side of the harbor, was reproduced as an engraving and published in Le Monde illustré in May of 1857.


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Gustave Le Gray


The Port and City of Sète-Mediterranean (Port et Ville de Sète-Mediterranée)


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1857


Albumen print, from the album "Vistas del Mar"


Signed recto, lower right, on image, in red pencil [?]: "Gustave Le Gray"; blind stamped recto, on album page, lower center: "PHOTOGRAPHIE / GUSTAVE LE GRAY & C / PARIS"; inscribed recto on album page, lower left, in brown ink: "[illegible/cut off]"; printed recto, on paper affixed to album page, lower right, in black ink: "PORT et VILLE de CETTE_Médit [erranée/cut off]; unmarked verso


Image/paper: 32.1 × 40.3 cm (12 11/16 × 15 7/8 in.); Album page: 50.9 × 64.5 cm (20 1/16 × 25 7/16 in.)

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Hugh Edwards Fund

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