Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986
Not on view
Trained as a painter and an illustrator, Marville began photographing in 1851, and in 1862 he was named "photographer of the city of Paris." In the service of Napoleon III, he photographed Baron Haussmann's vast program of demolition and construction in Paris. 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. Marville's photograph of the rue de Constantine shows an expectant moment prior to demolition on the Île de la Cité.
Another print of this image, less well preserved, exists in the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris.