Au bon puits, rue Michel Le Conte, 36 (IIIe)

Eugène Atget1901

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

In the 1600s, when literacy was rare, symbols were used to illustrate the goods and services offered by merchants. At this shop front, Eugène Atget photographed a sign that featured a wrought iron rope, bucket, and pulley, which allude to a well. The refreshment drawn up at Au Bon Puits(The Good Well) was not water but wine. This historic sign is now part of a collection in the Musée Carnavalet that focuses on early pictorial signs.

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  • Title: Au bon puits, rue Michel Le Conte, 36 (IIIe)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1901
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.6 x 17.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 7/8 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.64.46
  • Inscription: Inscription: Title and negative number inscribed verso print in pencil. Secondary Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil in the hand of André Jammes: "anc. coll x ? vendu par A. Brieux/expo Malerei und Photographie, Zurich, 1977, no. 84".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs


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