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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.




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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Charles Marville


Fountain at St. Sulpice


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1851


Salted paper print


Image/paper: 20.7 × 15.8 cm (8 3/16 × 6 1/4 in.); First mount: 21.8 × 16.7 cm (8 5/8 × 6 5/8 in.); Second mount: 49.4 × 39.3 cm (19 1/2 × 15 1/2 in.)

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Mary and Leigh Block and Nagel Family Funds

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