About This Image

Signature and title reversed out of negative.

Henri Le Secq was one of the most gifted early photographers to record architecture and sculpture. This stunning image is from a small, rare group of photographs of the collection of Alexis-Joseph Depaulis (1792–1867), a French engraver and collector of historic paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, as well as casts of ancient and modern objects. The depicted work is a plaster cast. Le Secq's exceptional talent for capturing the broad effects of light and shadow animates the figures in this complex sculpture, giving them physical presence. Indeed, the shadows are deep and diffused because of the texture of the paper negative and the lengthy exposure time.

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Base Reliefs from the Rouen Cathedral, Portail des Libraire
Henri Le Secq Base Reliefs from the Rouen Cathedral, Portail des Libraire

Price $2,500

Main Image

Ref.# 14045

Medium Salt print from paper negative

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1854-56  Print Date 1854-56

Dimensions 13-3/4 x 9-7/8 in. (349 x 251 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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