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Coin de la Rue du Bac et de la rue Saint-Dominique (Corner of the rue du Bac and the rue Saint-Dominique)
Albumen silver print, from glass negative
25 x 27.3 cm (9 13/16 x 10 3/4 ins)
The rue du Bac was named for the loading spot of the ferry (bac) that transported stone blocks across the Seine for building the Louvre and the Tuileries palaces in the mid-sixteenth century. Marville made this photograph just before this section of Paris was absorbed by a new, wider boulevard. Signs touting last-chance “moving sales” and informing customers of new locations drape the building on the threatened corner.