Ancienne Barrière du Trône (Tollbooth Pavilion and Column)

Eugène Atget1903 - 1904

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Eugène Atget's photograph of a pavilion and column documents an architecturally and historically significant site. The pavilions were constructed in 1787; six years later, in 1794, more than one thousand people were guillotined here in a two-month period during the French Revolution. Atget was well versed in the history of Paris and was concerned with recording important sites as well as aspects of the culture that were disappearing. The pavilion and the column comprise an ensemble that was part of a gateway in the wall that circled Paris.

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  • Title: Ancienne Barrière du Trône (Tollbooth Pavilion and Column)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1903 - 1904
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.5 x 21.7 cm (6 7/8 x 8 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 90.XM.64.168
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed in negative: negative number "4871"; inscribed verso print in pencil: title and negative number.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs


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