Notre Dame and the River Seine, 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. The cathedral is 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. 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 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