The Impasse de l'Essai at the Horse Market, Paris

Charles Marvillenegative about 1865; print after 1871

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This dead-end, cobblestone lane stood near the horse market in Paris. Urban planner Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann commissioned Charles Marville to document "old Paris" prior to Haussmann's redesign of the city's streets and public spaces. Beyond the stone wall, a quaint neighborhood of modest structures backs up on a dirt alley. The foreground trees, stripped by the winter of their foliage, arch across the photograph like rolled up theater curtains revealing some backstage scene. This neighborhood may have been demolished to make way for one of Haussman's grand boulevards, which have come to characterize modern Paris.

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  • Title: The Impasse de l'Essai at the Horse Market, Paris
  • Creator: Charles Marville
  • Date: negative about 1865; print after 1871
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.2 x 37.1 cm (10 5/16 x 14 5/8 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: 84.XM.346.14
  • Inscription: (Recto, mount): White label with brown ink inner border affixed to bottom center, inscribed in black ink: "Impase de l'Essai (de Marché auc Chevaux)." (Verso, mount): Inscribed at bottom right edge, in pencil: "Chicago 86" and illeg. inscription in pencil.
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs