|Albumen print, Carte-de-visite, 1860s to 1870s|
Printed verso is "Excursion En Suisse / Le Valais Et Le Mont Rose par M.M. Bisson Freres...Paris", the photographers' Paris address, and, written in a period hand in ink, "Zermatt".
The view is of the iconic east face of the Matterhorn (14,692 ft; 4,478 m) one of the highest peaks in the Alps. It is situated on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
This view is taken from a popular vantage point above the town of Zermatt, in the Swiss Canton of Valais in the southwestern part of the country. The Matterhorn was popular well before it was first climbed in 1865. It is best known today for it's surrounding ski resorts and climbing / trekking opportunities.