19 May 2004
Eglise de St. Pierre à Louviers, c.1850
'Blanquart-Evrard' process print
printed photographer's, publisher's and printer's credits, title, series title 'Souvenirs Photographiques' and plate number '8', numbered '519' in pencil on mount
7 7/8 x 9 7/8in. (20.8 x 25.1cm.)
From the artist;
to Charles-Frédéric Kuhlmann (1803-1881);
by descent to the present owner.
Kuhlmann, who began his career as a Chemistry professor in Lille, was named Officier de la Légion d'Honneur in 1854 and in 1867 was awarded the title of Commandeur for his outstanding contributions to the field of Chemistry. He was a strong supporter of Blanquart-Evrard's photographic experimentation and helped finance his l'Imprimerie photographique, which opened in the summer of 1851 in Loos-les-Lille.
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I. Jammes, Blanquart-Evrard et les Origines de l'Edition Photographique Française, Geneva, 1981, p.296, pl.8/519.
One of only three views by Bayard to have been included in the various albums issued by Blanquart-Evrard.
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