Finding aid for Koch & Wilz, Panoramas of Paris, 1864-1884

Beth Ann Guynn and Nieves Maria Rocha


Descriptive Summary

Title: Koch & Wilz, Panoramas of Paris
Date (inclusive): 1864-1884
Number: 2016.R.36
Creator/Collector: Koch & Wilz
Physical Description: 2.5 Linear Feet (1 album containing 39 photographs)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
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Los Angeles 90049-1688
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Abstract: The album of 39 panoramic photographs by Koch & Wills includes 30 panoramas of Paris; two each of Trouville and Geneva; and one each of Versailles, Zürich and Schloss Heidelberg; as well as panoramas of an unidentified river town and an unidentified port.
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Language: Collection material is in French with some Persian

Biographical / Historical

Georges-Laurent Koch and Antoine Wilz were Parisian cabinet makers, inventors and photographers established in the rue Saint-Antoine during the 1850s and 1860s. In the 1860s they invented a camera that took a panoramic image using a single negative.
The Parisian photographer, Paul-Augustin Gueuvin (born 1809) was associated with Louis-Auguste Bisson around 1851 at 11, boulevard des Italiens. Gueuvin had a studio at 20, rue Cassette, around 1862, moving to 30, boulevard d'Enfer at the end of the 1860s. He was also briefly associated with Edmund L. Thiboust. Gueuvin exhibited at the Société française de Photographie in 1863 and 1865. Gueuvin was both a portrait photographer and maker of city and architectural views, known for his documentation of Paris. Between 1867 and 1871 he used Koch & Wilz's single negative panoramic camera to produce striking views of Paris.
Sources consutlted:
____, Panoramas: photographies 1850-1950: collection Bonnemaison. Arles: Rencontres internationales de la photographie, 1989.
Voignier, J.-M. Répertoire des photographes de France au dix-neuvième siècle. Chevilly-Larue: Le Pont de Pierre, 1993.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Koch & Wilz, Panoramas of Paris, 1864-1884, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2016.R.36.
http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2016r36

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 2016.

Processing Information

The finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn and Nieves Maria Rocha in 2019.

Digitized Material

The collection was digitized in 2019 and the images are available online:

Scope and Content of Collection

The album of 39 albumen panoramas by Koch & Wilz includes 30 panoramas of Paris; two each of Trouville and Geneva; and one each of Versailles, Zürich, and Schloss Heidelberg; as well as panoramas of an unidentified town along a river and an unidentified port. The photographs were taken between 1864 and 1872. The panoramas of Paris document the city at the height of the Second Empire, with many of the city's iconic monuments, buildings and public spaces depicted. Included are views of the Louvre and the Hôtel de Ville taken before and after the fires set during the 1871 Paris Commune. Of a more ephemeral nature are two views of the 1867 Exposition universelle, whose buildings were destroyed shortly after the conclusion of the fair.
Thirty-four mounts bear the letterpress imprint: Appareil panoramique de Koch & Wilz. Phot. / 8 impasse Guéménée, Paris. Three mounts are blind stamped: Koch & Wilz. Impasse Guéménée 8 Paris. Two mounts have neither imprint nor blind stamp. These two panoramas, depicting the Louvre courtyard and Tuileries (2016.R.36-14) and view across the Seine to the Louvre (2016.R.36-19), have been attibuted to Paul-Augustin Gueuvin. While the exact nature of the association between Koch & Wilz and Gueuvin remains unclear, it is likely that additional panoramas contained in the album were also taken by Gueuvin.
The album is bound in tan morocco with gilt borders and decorations and gilt edges. Persian annotations are inked on the versos of most mounts. French annotations penciled on the versos were partially cut off when the mounts were trimmed for binding and are mostly illegible. A few mounts have French annotations penciled in a modern hand on their rectos.
The album was acquired by the Persian prince Amir Doust Mohammad Khan Moayer ol-Mamalek during his tour of Egypt and Europe in 1883 and 1884 (cf: Sotheby's, London, Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, April 30, 2015, lot 69). The Persian inscriptions on the versos of the mounts were likely added sometime thereafter.

Arrangement

Arranged in a single series: Series I. Panoramas of Paris, 1864-1884.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Gueuvin, Paul Augustin, 1809-
Amir Doust Mohammad Khan, Moayer ol-Mamalek

Subjects - Corporate Bodies

Hôtel de ville (Paris, France)
Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris

Subjects - Places

Geneva (Switzerland) -- Description and travel
Heidelberg (Germany) -- Description and travel
Trouville-sur-Mer (France) -- Description and travel
Versailles (France) -- Description and travel
Zürich (Switzerland) -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Paris (France) -- Description and travel
Albumen prints--France--19th century
Panoramas--France--19th century
Photograph albums -- France -- 19th century
Photographs, Original

Contributors

Koch & Wilz


Container List

 

Series 1. Koch & Wilz, Panoramas of Paris, 1864-1884

Physical Description: 1 box

Arrangement

In original order.
Box 1, Item front cover

2016.R.36-fc Front cover, circa 1872

Box 1, Page front endpapers

2016.R.36-fe Front endpapers, circa 1872

Box 1, Page front free endpaper verso

2016.R.36-fe_v Verso of front free endpaper, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 1 recto

2016.R.36-1r [View of Geneva], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 1 verso

2016.R.36-1v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 2 recto

2016.R.36-2r [Government Buildings, Île St. Louis], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 2 verso

2016.R.36-2v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 3 recto

2016.R.36-3r [Paris View with the Passerelle des Arts and the Pont Neuf], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 3 verso

2016.R.36-3v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 4 recto

2016.R.36-4r [Arch de Triomphe and Louvre], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 4 verso

2016.R.36-4v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 5 recto

2016.R.36-5r [View across the Seine to the Place de Châtelet and Theaters], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 5 verso

2016.R.36-5v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 6 recto

2016.R.36-6r [View of the Exposition Universelle de 1867], 1867

Box 1, Page 6 verso

2016.R.36-6v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 7 recto

2016.R.36-7r [Place de la Concorde and Obelisk of Luxor], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 7 verso

2016.R.36-7v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 8 recto

2016.R.36-8r [Gardens of Versailles with Fountain in Foreground], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 8 verso

2016.R.36-8v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 9 recto

2016.R.36-9r [July Column and the Place de la Bastille], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Annonation on lower edge of mount: Place de la Bastille.
Box 1, Page 9 verso

2016.R.36-9v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 10 recto

2016.R.36-10r [Palais du Luxembourg], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 10 verso

2016.R.36-10v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 11 recto

2016.R.36-11r [Saint-Vincent-de-Paul], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Annonation on lower edge of mount: St. Vincent de Paul.
Box 1, Page 11 verso

2016.R.36-11v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 12 recto

2016.R.36-12r [North Façade, Les Invalides], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 12 verso

2016.R.36-12v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 13 recto

2016.R.36-13r [Palais Brongniart], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 13 verso

2016.R.36-13v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 14 recto

2016.R.36-14r [Louvre Courtyard and Tuileries], 1867

Box 1, Page 14 verso

2016.R.36-14v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 15 recto

2016.R.36-15r [Gare de l'Est], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Annonation on lower edge of mount: Gare de l'Est.
Box 1, Page 15 verso

2016.R.36-15v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 16 recto

2016.R.36-16r [Panorama of Paris with the Passerelle des Arts in Foreground], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 16 verso

2016.R.36-16v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 17 recto

2016.R.36-17r [Louvre and Tuileries], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 17 verso

2016.R.36-17v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 18 recto

2016.R.36-18r [Façade of the Louvre], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 18 verso

2016.R.36-18v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 19 recto

2016.R.36-19r [Views across the Seine towards the Louvre], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 19 verso

2016.R.36-19v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 20 recto

2016.R.36-20r [Entrance to Versailles], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 20 verso

2016.R.36-20v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 21 recto

2016.R.36-21r View of the Louvre and the Arch de Triomphe, after the Commune], 1871 or 1872

Scope and Content Note

Annonation on lower edge of mount: Arche du Triomphe de Carrousel.
Box 1, Page 21 verso

2016.R.36-21v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 22 recto

2016.R.36-22r [Greenhouse and Main Pavilion, Exposition Universelle de 1867], 1867

Box 1, Page 22 verso

2016.R.36-22v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 23 recto

2016.R.36-23r [Entrance to the Tuileries], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 23 verso

2016.R.36-23v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 24 recto

2016.R.36-24r [Hôtel de Ville after the Commune], 1871

Box 1, Page 24 verso

2016.R.36-24v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 25 recto

2016.R.36-25r [Bridge and Aqueduct], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 25 verso

2016.R.36-25v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 26 recto

2016.R.36-26r [View of Paris towards Notre Dame], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 26 verso

2016.R.36-26v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 27 recto

2016.R.36-27r [Saint-Germain I'Auxerrois] between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 27 verso

2016.R.36-27v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 28 recto

2016.R.36-28r [Bird's-eye View of Paris, Notre Dame to Right], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 28 verso

2016.R.36-28v [Persian Inscription], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 29 recto

2016.R.36-29r [Fountain], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 29 verso

2016.R.36-29v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 30 recto

2016.R.36-30r [Town along River], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 30 verso

2016.R.36-30v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 31 recto

2016.R.36-31r [Hôtel de Ville], between 1864 and 1871

Scope and Content Note

Photograph taken before the Commune.
Box 1, Page 31 verso

2016.R.36-31v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 32 recto

2016.R.36-32r [Parc des Buttes-Chaumont], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 32 verso

2016.R.36-32v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 33 recto

2016.R.36-33r [View of the Louvre], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 33 verso

2016.R.36-33v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 34 recto

2016.R.36-34r [View of Trouville-sur-Mer from across the Touques River], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Blind stamp on lower edge of mount: Koch & Wilz. Impasse Guéménée 8 Paris.
Box 1, Page 34 verso

2016.R.36-34v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 35 recto

2016.R.36-35r [Grande Hôtel, Trouville-sur-Mer], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Blind stamp on lower edge of mount: Koch & Wilz. Impasse Guéménée 8 Paris.
Box 1, Page 35 verso

2016.R.36-35v Blank page, circa 1872

Box 1, Page 36 recto

2016.R.36-36r [View of Geneva and Île Rousseau], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 36 verso

2016.R.36-36v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 37 recto

2016.R.36-37r [View of a River Town], between 1864 and 1872

Scope and Content Note

Blind stamp on lower edge of mount: Koch & Wilz. Impasse Guéménée 8 Paris.
Box 1, Page 37 verso

2016.R.36-37v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 38 recto

2016.R.36-38r [Courtyard, Château de Heidelberg], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page 38 verso

2016.R.36-38v [Persian Inscription], circa 1884

Box 1, Page 39 recto

2016.R.36-39r [View of Zürich], between 1864 and 1872

Box 1, Page back endpapers

2016.R.36-be Back endpapers, circa 1872

Box 1, Item back cover

2016.R.36-bc Back cover, circa 1872