'Fontaine du Luxembourg', Paris, c 1865.
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A photograph of a statue in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, taken by Edouard-Denis Baldus (1813-1882) in about 1865. This statue of a famale nude is one of many situated in the gardens, which has a reputation for being the one of the prettiest parks in Paris. The 17th-century Palais de Luxembourg which overlooks the gardens, houses the French senate. It was built for Marie de' Medici (1573-1642), widow of Henri IV of France (1553-1610). 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 commissioned by the Comite des Monuments Historiques to photograph historic sites around France and also by Baron Rothschild to record the construc