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  • Provenance

    Robert Hershkowitz, Ltd., Sussex, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Auguste Mestral studied photography with Gustave Le Gray and worked with him on a government commission to photograph France’s architectural heritage in the early 1850s. On his own he photographed the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris, and this image shows a sculpture of St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris, who was martyred by decapitation at the hands of the Roman authorities in the third century.


Sculpture of St. Denis, Notre Dame, Paris

circa 1853
Salt print.
12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (32.4 x 21.6 cm)
Titled 'N.D. de Paris' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the mount.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $35,000

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