Charles Nègre (French, 1820-1880)
albumen print from wet collodion negative, Image: 36.5 x 44.6 cm (14 5/16 x 17 1/2 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1994.201
Charles Nègre, a history painter by training, was a pioneering 19th-century French photographer. In 1859 he received government support to produce a series of fifty images of statuary in Paris's Tuileries Gardens. Although the project was never completed, Nègre did create a group of large-format glass negatives. This photograph represents one of a small number of unique prints from those negatives. The Tiber, a late 17th-century stone sculpture of the river god Tiber, is one of the garden's four water sculptures depicting water deities.
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