Signed "H. Le Secq N.D. de Paris" in the negative.
Henri Le Secq was a painter, having trained in the atelier of Paul Delaroche. He regularly exhibited in the Paris salons until 1869. He learned the paper negative process from Gustave LeGray and went on to master the art of photography, excelling in landscape and architectural subjects. In 1851 he was appointed to the Commission des Monuments Historiques. Here Le Secq presents the grand, ornate southern portal of Notre-Dame partially under construction.
Isabelle Jammes, No 413
Janis, Eugenia Parry, and Josiane Sartre. Henri Le Secq: Photographe de 1850 à 1860, (Paris: Musée des Arts Décoratifs/Flammarion, 1986)