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The Portal of Saint Ursinus at Bourges, rue du Vieux Poirier

A work made of albumen print.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print.




Bisson Frères (Louis-Auguste Bisson, French, 1814–1876 and
Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, French, 1826–1900)

About this artwork

In the early years of photography, landscape studies, architectural views, and studio portraiture were the main focus of the new medium. A photograph such as The Portal of Saint Ursinus at Bourges of 1863 by the Bisson Frères (Bisson Brothers) reveals a widespread interest on the part of the French at that time in their nation’s past and in the preservation of historical monuments. Using large-format cameras and glass-plate negatives, the Bissons captured their architectural subjects with exquisite sharpness of detail and purity of light.


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Bisson Frères


The Portal of Saint Ursinus at Bourges, rue du Vieux Poirier


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1854


Albumen print


Unmarked recto; verso unchecked


Image/paper: 42.6 × 35.3 cm (16 13/16 × 13 15/16 in.)

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The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

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