'Arc du Carrousel', Paris, c 1865.
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A photograph of the Arc du Carrousel, in front of the Palais de Tuileries in Paris, taken by Edouard-Denis Baldus (1813-1882) in about 1865. The bronze sculpture on the top of the Arch represents Victory riding a chariot pulled by four horses. The horses were taken by Napoleon from St Mark's Square in Venice but returned after World War Two. They were originally part of the loot from the sack of Constantinople in 1204. Napoleon I erected the Arch to commemorate his armies' victories. The Palais de Tuileries, in the background, was destroyed during the Paris Commune in 1871. This is one of a series of photographs by Baldus published 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 commissio