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Nadar (1820 - 1910)

Lot 173: Nadar

Sotheby's

May 10, 2001
London, United Kingdom

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Nadar
the catacombs and sewers, paris. three studies, 1861-62
comprising Port St. Philipe (sic), Wall of Skulls and Intersection of Tunnels, Albumen Prints, each mounted on card with a cream border, Port St. Philipe (sic) signed and inscribed 'Epreuve obtenue dans les Catacombes/de Paris, a l'aide du Regulateur/Serrin.- Avril 1862' by the photographer in ink on the mount, Intersection of Tunnels signed and inscribed 'Epreuve obtenue dans le egouts/de la Ville de Paris, a l'aide/du Regulateur Serrin./Janvier 1861' by the photographer in ink on the mount, Wall of Skulls and Intersection of Tunnels with photographer's blindstamp 'Nadar/35 Boulevart (sic) des Capucines', Wall of Skulls with wetstamp (illegible) on the reverse, (3)
each approx. 250 by 191mm
These historic photographs are from two series made first in the sewers and then in the catacombs of Paris using the newly-devised potential of artificial-light photography, a development in which Nadar played an influential and early role.
Provenance:
Harry Lunn, 1977 (study with figure), and Galerie Octant, Paris, 1981.

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