Notre Dame, Paris, c 1865.
© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of Notre Dame, Paris, taken by Edouard-Denis Baldus (1813-1882) in about 1865. This photograph captures the main facade of the cathedral. A masterpiece of gothic architecture, built between 1163 and 1345, it remained relatively unchanged until the French Revolution when some of its features were stolen or defaced. A massive restoration of the cathedral began in 1845, lasting for 23 years. Evidence of this can be seen in the photograph where scaffolding is visible on the right side of the building. The cathedral is immortalised in Victor Hugo's (1802-1885) novel 'Notre Dame de Paris' or 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1831). The novel sparked a widespread interest in the fate of the cathedral and inspired Eugene Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879), who was put in charge of the restoration. 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