Image: 36.6 x 24.1 cm (14 7/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
Mount: 63 x 45 cm (24 13/16 x 17 11/16 in.)
Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2007
Not on view
Along with the wholesale redrawing of the map of Paris, Baron Haussmann transformed the urban experience by commissioning and installing tens of thousands of pieces of street furniture-kiosks, Morris columns, pissoirs, garden gates, and, above all, street lamps. By the time Haussmann stepped down as Napoleon III's master urban planner in 1870, twenty thousand gas lamps had transformed Paris from a place where residents dared go out at night only if accompanied by armed men carrying lanterns into the City of Light. In this photograph from Marville's final suite of pictures, the flux of humanity flows past in a blur as Gabriel Davioud's street lights line the Boulevard de Sebastopol like proud sentinels of the modern city.
Inscription: Printed label affixed to mount, recto, below photograph: "Arts et Métiers (Ancien Modèle)"; blindstamp on mount, BC below image, largely covered by label; inscribed in pencil on mount, recto BRC: "No 20" and in a modern hand: "U1120j"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso BLC: "300626.20" and BC: "PF73804-222".
Roxane Debuisson, Paris; (Sotheby's London, May 17, 2005, lot 29); [Charles Isaacs Photographs, New York]
Identified in Thézy 1993 as "Le Jardin des Arts-et-Métiers" and in Thézy 1994 as "Square des Arts-et-Métiers (Square Émile-Chautemps), le long du boulevard de Sébastopol."