unique collection of original albumen prints documents the project initiated by
photographer Séraphin-Médéric Mieusement on behalf of the French Commission des
Monuments Historiques. Beginning in 1872, Mieusement photographed
Mieusement (1840- 1905) became a
professional photographer at the age of 19 and worked with several well-known
French architects, such as Félix Duban, Anatole de Baudot (Castle of Blois) and
Eugene Viollet-le-Duc (Castle of Pierrefonds) by photographing their historic
buildings. In 1872 Mieusement proposed his services to the French
Commission des Monuments Historiques to photograph
Mieusement's 1872 proposal was initially turned down because the majority of the budget for the Commission was allotted for restoration rather than documentation. Mieusement expressed his willingness to travel throughout
Other photographers who contributed to these albums.
According to the various stamps on the photographs, most of the images were taken by Séraphin-Médéric Mieusement, but other photographers also contributed to the books.
Etienne Neurdein (b. 1832 - d. 1918) and Louis Antonin Neurdein (b. 1846 - d. 1915)
Sons of the photographer Jean César Neurdein, the Neurdein brothers opened a photography business in
Jean Eugène Durand (c. 1850 – 1923)
Jean-Eugène Durand was a French photographer specializing in photographs of historic monuments. His first photographs acquired by the administration in 1876 relate to the territory of Seine-et-Oise. Just like Mieusement, Durand covered all of