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Cecil Victor Shadbolt
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Dominic Winter Book Auctions
15 October 2015, lot: 718
The Eiffel Tower (opened 31 March 1889).
‘A very successful photograph of Paris, showing the Eiffel Tower and Exhibition Buildings, has been taken from a balloon by Mr Cecil V Shadbolt, of Chislehurst, and is published by Messrs Heywood and Co, 62, Ludgate Hill, EC’ (The Graphic, 30 November 1889).
The Cambridge Daily News adds that the photo was taken ‘from the car of the captive balloon in the Exhibition grounds, at a height of about 1,000 feet. The landscape is remarkably clear, and the tower itself stands out boldly, dwarfing its surroundings into insignificance’ (23 November 1889).