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Tour de Rois à Rheims (Tower of the Kings at Rheims Cathedral)
Henri Le Secq (French, 1818 - 1882)
Reims, France (Place created)
Salted paper print
35.1 x 25.9 cm (13 13/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Henri Le Secq's close-up view turns this church tower into a work of elaborate sculpture rather than architecture. Commissioned by the French government as part of the 1851 Mission Héliographique (Heliographic Mission), Le Secq photographed the Tower of Kings, the south tower of Notre-Dame
From 1845 to 1864, the architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc worked on the restoration of the Cathedral. Construction scaffolding, which almost disappears in the elaborate decoration of the exterior, is visible encasing the tower at left.