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[Allegorical Sculpture of Industry, Pont du Carrousel]
Salted paper print, from paper negative
21.1 x 15.2 cm (8 5/16 x 6 in., image) 42.7 x 27.8 cm (16 13/16 x 10 15/16 in., mount)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gift, 2005, Accession Number: 2005.100.357
Petitot’s allegory of industry was one of four sculptures that had been placed on the Pont du Carrousel, a bridge spanning the Seine, only five years before Marville made this view. The formality of the monument is somewhat mitigated by the makeshift stall displaying goods for sale—itself a tiny monument to industriousness—nestled in the niche below.