Lotus Columns at Gournah

Object Details

Title:

Lotus Columns at Gournah

Artist/Maker:
Culture:

French

Date:

1842–1843

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Object Number:

2006.38

Dimensions:

18.7 × 12.1 cm (7 3/8 × 4 3/4 in.)

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The Temple of Seti I is located at the archaeological site of Gournah in Egypt. By moving close to the subject, Girault de Prangey conveyed the gravity and drama of the huge decaying stones. No earlier photograph is known in which the visual elements of light and viewpoint are harnessed so skillfully to express essential aspects of an ancient Egyptian monument. Through his unique, prescient vision, Girault de Prangey created among the greatest achievements in the early history of photography.

Provenance
1842/1843 - 1892

Created by the artist, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, French, 1804 - 1892 (Langres, France), remained in the artist's chateau after his death, 1892.

1892 - 1920

Estate of Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, French, 1804 - 1892 (Langres, France), sold to Count Anne-Marie-Charles de Simony, who purchased the Girault de Prangey chateau, 1920.

1920 - 1952

Count Anne-Marie-Charles de Simony, French, 1869 - 1952 (France), by inheritance to his granddaughter, Countess Isabelle de la Taille/de Tovar, 1952.

1952 -

Countess Isabelle de la Taille-Tretinville/de Tovar, French, born 1951 (France), by inheritance within the de la Taille/de Tovar family.

- 2003

de la Taille/de Tovar Family, [sold, Important Daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Christie's, London, May 20, 2003, lot 74, to Daniel Wolf.]

2003 - 2006

Daniel Wolf (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.

Exhibitions
Antiquity & Photography: Early Views of Ancient Mediterranean Sites (November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa (Malibu), November 9, 2005 to May 1, 2006
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008
In Focus: Daguerreotypes (November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 3, 2015 to March 20, 2016