Sèvres, The Seine at Meudon

Henri Victor Regnault, Alphonse Louis Poitevinnegative about 1853; print 1855 - 1860

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The river Seine is a polished mirror: not a ripple or wave disturbs the glassy surface of the water. Though they are the only contemporary clues in an otherwise timeless setting, the boats moored at the center do not seem like vessels of travel at all as they jut out from the banks like low-lying docks. Everything is quiet in this scene. Although the sun dances in shadows across the path, gently kissing with light the building simply labeled Dupre, not a single passer-by strolls along. Seemingly no one is awake except the photographer, quietly recording the landscape and town at rest.

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  • Title: Sèvres, The Seine at Meudon
  • Creator: Henri-Victor Regnault, Print by Alphonse-Louis Poitevin
  • Date: negative about 1853; print 1855 - 1860
  • Physical Dimensions: 31.1 x 42.7 cm (12 1/4 x 16 13/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Carbon print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 92.XM.52
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs