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Henri Le Secq 
Cathedral of Nôtre Dame, Amiens 
1852 (ca) 
  
Salt print, from waxed paper negative 
35.1 x 25.5 cm 
  
National Galleries of Scotland 
Acc. No. PGP 237.24 
  
 
LL/56746 
  
(Curatorial caption, accessed 23 November 2014)
The five architectural photographers chosen by the French government for the mission héliographique to record ancient and medieval monuments suffering from centuries of damage and neglect, worked from a massive inventory drawn up by antiquarians and architects. Le Secq was assigned Champagne, Alsace and Lorraine, followed by Strasbourg, Amiens, Rheims and Chartres. Le Secq made a detailed and loving study of Amiens Cathedral, more than forty-five large-scale prints, which involved circling the building at different levels and photographing it from different angles. 
 

 
  
 
  
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