Viaduct at La Voulte

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Viaduct at La Voulte


Édouard Baldus (French, born Germany, 1813 - 1889)




France (Place created)
La Voulte, France (Place depicted)


about 1861


Albumen silver print from a glass negative


31 × 42.7 cm (12 3/16 × 16 13/16 in.)

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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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Railroad Vision (March 3 to June 23, 2002)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 5 to June 23, 2002
Real / Ideal: Photography in France, 1847-1860 (August 30 to November 27, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2016