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Louis-Emile Durandelle: The Eiffel Tower: State of the Construction   ( Wikidata search (Cirrus search) Wikidata query (SPARQL)   Create new Wikidata item based on this file)
Louis-Emile Durandelle  (1839–1917)    wikidata:Q15556390
Louis-Emile Durandelle
Alternative names
Edouard Durandelle; Louis-Émile Durandelle
Description French architectural photographer
Date of birth/death 14 February 1839  Edit this at Wikidata 12 March 1917  Edit this at Wikidata
Location of birth/death Verdun Paris
Work period 1862  Edit this at Wikidata–1879  Edit this at Wikidata
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artist QS:P170,Q15556390
The Eiffel Tower: State of the Construction
English: The Centennial Exposition of 1889 was organized by the French government to commemorate the French Revolution. Bridge engineer Gustave Eiffel's 984-foot (300-meter) tower of open-lattice wrought iron was selected in a competition to erect a memorial at the exposition. Twice as high as the dome of St. Peter's in Rome or the Great Pyramid of Giza, nothing like it had ever been built before. This view was made about four months short of the tower's completion. Louis-Émile Durandelle photographed the tower from a low vantage point to emphasize its monumentality. The massive building barely visible in the far distance is dwarfed under the tower's arches.
Incidentally, the tower's innovative glass-cage elevators, engineered to ascend on a curve, were designed by the Otis Elevator Company of New York, the same company that designed the Getty Center's diagonally ascending tram.
Date 23 November 1888
date QS:P571,+1888-11-23T00:00:00Z/11
Medium Albumen print
Dimensions Image: 43.2 x 34.6 cm (17 x 13 5/8 in.), Mount: 65 x 50 cm (25 9/16 x 19 11/16 in.), Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22 in.)
institution QS:P195,Q29247
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Markings: (Recto, mount) upper center, imprinted in black ink: "Exposition Universelle de 1889/Etat d'Avancement/Au 188 /G. Eiffel, Ingenieur et Constructeur".

Inscriptions: (Recto, print) upper center, in pencil: "Panneau 18" lower right, inscribed on the negative: "23 NOVEMBRE 88, No 49" (Recto, mount) upper left, in red and black pencil: "1544"

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