Musée d'Orsay: Architectural Photographs : The Alphonse Gosset Fund (1835-1914)

Architectural Photographs : The Alphonse Gosset Fund (1835-1914)

Donated to the Musée d'Orsay by Serge Gosset in 1985, the personal documentation of the French architect Alphonse Gosset (1835-1914) includes newspapers, drawings and diverse notes, and photographs from the period 1860-1900, mainly architectural views from the "Grand Tour" countries: Italy, Greece, the Middle East.

Alphonse Gosset, who was also an historian and the author of many treatises devoted to religious and theatrical architecture seems nonetheless not to have practised photography. Made up from works by both well known photographers (James Robertson, Carlo Naya, Philippos Margaritis or Felix Bonfils) and the more obscure, including views of Venice, Rome, Athens and Constantinople, this collection gives an excellent overview of the very good quality of commercial architectural photography in the years 1860-1870.


Quentin Barjac, curator, Musée d'Orsay

10 February - 10 May 1998
Musée d'Orsay

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