Reminiscing in the Parlor : Leisurely Viewing Stereographs
Fontaine de l'Observatoire in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France
August 1875
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One stereograph of Fontaine de l'Observatoire in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France. The photograph shows the fountain with the four women holding up the sphere, with horses rising up from the edges of the fountain. The front has the location name hand written on it and the back has the owner's initials and the name of the site again. M. F. H. took a European tour in July and August of 1875, traveling from Belgium to Switzerland, Italy, France, England and Scotland. From other stereographs, it is clear this is from that trip.
At the southern end of the park is another fountain, the Fontaine de l'Observatoire designed by Davioud, Carpaux and Frémiet in 1873. This bronze fountain is in the garden Marco Polo, which prolongs the avenue of the Observatory in direction of the gardens of Luxembourg. The sea horses were carved by Frémiet, and the four women supporting the sphere, representing four continents of the world, by Carpeaux. To maintain symmetry, Oceania was left out.
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