Dated "(19 Mai 1856)" in pencil, and "EB" [Ernest Binant] stationers blindstamp, on mount. Inscribed "2 / 30178 / 30" in pencil on mount verso.
Louis-Antoine Froissart (1815-1860) was the official photographer for the city of Lyon, photographing scenes and events of municipal interest. In May 1856, the city of Lyon was inundated by one of the worst floods in French history. He recorded the devastation with eloquent exactitude and poetic beauty. Froissart’s eerily serene landscape of the postdiluvian city, Lyon Flood, movingly records the disaster without depicting the human suffering left in its wake. This fine, rare salt print was presented by the photographer as a gift to the Mayor of Lyon at the time of the flood and remained in the Mayor’s family. Froissart’s photographs of the catastrophe precede the more widely known photographs by Edouard Baldus who was sent to Lyon by the French government in June of 1856.
This print was printed by Froissart himself and presented by him to the Mayor of Lyon at the time of the flood, then by descent through his family.