Impasse de la Bouteille from the rue Montorgueil, 1865–68.

Impasse de la Bouteille from the rue Montorgueil, 1865–68

“Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III.”

- “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris”, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking down the banks of the Bièvre River at the bottom of the rue des Gobelins (5th Arrondissement) in 1862.

Looking down the banks of the Bièvre River at the bottom of the rue des Gobelins (5th Arrondissement) in 1862

Near Arts et Métiers in 1864.

Near Arts et Métiers in 1864

Passage Saint-Guillaume, looking toward the rue de Richelieu, 1863-65.

Passage Saint-Guillaume, looking toward the rue de Richelieu, 1863-65

Rue de Constantine in 1866, before its demolition.

Rue de Constantine before its demolition, 1866

The no-longer existing rue Estienne in the 1st Arrondissement, 1862-1865.

The no-longer existing rue Estienne in the 1st Arrondissement, 1862-1865

Top of the rue Champlain in the 20th Arrondissement, 1877.

Top of the rue Champlain in the 20th Arrondissement, 1877

Urinal in the 10th, 1876

Urinal in the 10th, 1876

View of a spire of Notre Dame, facing Ile St. Louis.

View of a spire of Notre Dame, facing Ile St. Louis

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3 Responses

  1. Vincente

    Urinal-no thanks. Glad I wasn’t around then and if I was then very happy I have no memories of using that urinal. ;)

    Reply
  2. Colin

    This whole site is amazing and these pictures breathtaking….Love this site Chris.

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