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Fountain at St. Sulpice

A work made of salted paper print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of salted paper print.

Date:

1851

Artist:

Charles Marville
French, 1813–1879

About this artwork

Charles Marville is best known for his photographs of Paris at a time of enormous change, documenting its transformation from a dark, crowded city into one of grand boulevards and public parks. This picture, made in the year Marville began taking photographs, shows the monumental fountain just outside the church of Saint-Sulpice, which had been completed only a few years earlier. Marville produced his negative on paper, which lends the image a grainy softness that many photographers in his day prized over the sharper quality found in metal-plate daguerreotypes and glass negatives.

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Artist

Charles Marville

Title

Fountain at St. Sulpice

Origin

France

Date

Made 1851

Medium

Salted paper print

Dimensions

20.7 × 15.8 cm (image/paper); 21.8 × 16.7 cm (first mount); 49.4 × 39.3 cm (second mount)

Credit Line

Mary and Leigh Block and Nagel Family Funds

Reference Number

2011.127

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