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Making the Statue of Liberty by Pierre Petit, c.1882

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


This colourised image, which is made from an original kept in the Library of Congress, captures an intriguing moment of creation. Everyone is familiar with the State of Liberty. It is a powerful symbol of the West. It stands in an imposing position inside New York Harbour, a short distance from the southerly tip of Manhattan Island. While people can readily call to mind the outline of the statue today, few will have seen inside the workshop of Gaget, Gauthier & Co, in Paris, where it was created. The original photograph was taken sometime between 1881-3 and it shows the workmen busy with their tools. There is much to study here: the labourers clothes, their characters, the great arm of liberty stretching out bizarrely behind them. The whole scene is illuminated by glossy Parisian lights. – Peter Moore

Taken: c.1882
Location: G
aget, Gauthier & Co, Paris
Pierre Petit
Jordan J.Lloyd
Original Format: 
Albumen print
Commercial Use: 
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This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered colorized original print from our ⇲ ColorGraph Co. imprint.


Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


[Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty, hammering copper, with left hand and head in background, at the Gaget, Gauthier & Co. workshop in Paris, 1881-1883]

Making the Statue of Liberty by Pierre Petit, c.1882
Making the Statue of Liberty by Pierre Petit, c.1882
Making the Statue of Liberty by Pierre Petit, c.1882
Making the Statue of Liberty by Pierre Petit, c.1882

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