Anonymous (France)
Untitled, Couple ice skating, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Gelatin silver print, 1900 to 1910
The Bois de Boulogne, on the western perimeter of Paris, was laid out in 1852. Designed in the manner of London's Hyde Park, it was over three times the size of that urban feature. Ice skating ("le patinage sur glace") became popular amongst Parisians during the Second Empire, and it was at the Emperor's suggestion that the Bois' lake be made shallow enough to freeze each winter. Indeed, between 1861 and 1895 the lake froze over during 7 of 34 winters.
Size:4 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (10.5 x 15.5 cm.)
No. 22.89