Barricades in the Rue Saint-Maur before & after the attack of June 25, 1848, and a detail of a map of Paris showing Rue Saint-Maur (running down the map from Belleville), 1837.

This photograph of the 1848 revolution is a precious document; it was taken during one of the four days in June which left several thousand dead among the insurgents and the government forces in Paris. Its exact date and the name of the photographer are known (an amateur photographer who lived in the Popincourt district?) from the engraving published in L’Illustration of 1-8 July 1848 and in the special issue of the magazine Journées illustrées de la révolution de 1848, published in August 1848.

Along with another image by the same photographer, dated 25 June 1848, this scene is regarded as the first photograph used to illustrate a newspaper story. -Musée d’Orsay

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