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Identification: Notre Dame - A French Mammoth plate mystery

I am looking for any expert opinions on who may have created this mammoth plate albumen photograph of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My apologies for posting about a French photo, but I feel that, given the expertise of the members here, this is my best chance of finding an answer

This is an albumen photograph, mammoth plate, 18 x 22 inches. (46 x 66 CM) . it is clearly later than 1860, as it shows the spire created in that year.

I have searched for years , but have found no images of Notre Dame of this size.

The lower right corner is missing, and I have used similar colors of albumen prints to approximate the missing piece. (yes,on the photo with paste---is this sacrilegious?)

I wonder if the Missing lower right piece may have been cut off because it included a signature or other valuable mark?

A long-shot request  indeed, but I rely again on the members here to speculate.

Many thanks,   David

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Comment by David McGreevy on April 19, 2016 at 19:47

Thank you, Juan, Yes please do!


Comment by Juan A. F. Rivero on April 19, 2016 at 17:55

I know a photograph of the same size and format by Bisson Freres, signed in the lower right corner, just where missing a piece of papel. If you want I can send you a picture. Juan

Comment by Gael Newton on April 19, 2016 at 11:47

apologies  I got my tabs mixed up, but Bisson freres maybe worth checking out. Marie de Thezy  would probably know. Gael

Comment by David McGreevy on April 19, 2016 at 11:40

Thank you, Gael,

However, the Bisson Freres image was taken earlier, before the spire.


Comment by Gael Newton on April 19, 2016 at 11:25

Hi David

Serendipity I was lookinf for something completely different and spotted this print on Muzeo Iconographic Design's reproductions. It is Notre-Dame de Paris, façade by Bisson Frères ,Bisson Louis-Auguste,Bisson Auguste-Rosalie in the   Musee D'Orsay collection -its sold as a print by


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