Viaduct at La Voulte

Édouard Baldusabout 1861

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Standing on the banks of France's Rhone River, Édouard Baldus photographed an old town and historic building framed within the arch of a modern iron railroad bridge. Photographs regularly recorded the engineering feats that went hand-in-hand with railroad building, often illustrating links between the past and the future. Just as twenty-first-century train passengers now delight in speeding across France at almost two hundred miles an hour, record speeds of thirty to forty miles per hour exhilarated travelers in the 1800s.

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  • Title: Viaduct at La Voulte
  • Creator: Édouard Baldus
  • Date: about 1861
  • Location Created: La Voulte, France
  • 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.XO.734.1.18
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs