'Porte St Denis', Paris, c 1865.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of the Saint Denis gateway, Paris, taken by Edouard-Denis Baldus (1813-1882) in about 1865. This Arch was erected in 1672 to celebrate the victories of Louis XIV. It was built in the style of the Arch of Titus in Rome on the site of a medieval entrance into the city of Paris. This is one of a series of photographs published by Baldus in an album entitled, 'Vues de Paris en Photographies'. Trained as a painter, Baldus (1813-1882) was accepted into the Paris Salon in 1842. He was a founding member of the Societe Heliographique in 1851and the Societe Francaise de Photographie in 1857. During the 1850s and 1860s Baldus was one of the most prolific of French photographers. He was commissioned by the Comite des Monuments Historiques to photograph historic sites around France and also by Baron Rothschild to record the construction of he Paris-Lyon railway.