Lintels of Paris, 2019

8.5 × 22″ toned silver gelatin prints from 4 × 10″ silver negatives.

The Lore of Lintels

Paris offers strikingly diverse examples of the revival of lintel and doorpost decoration during the period from 1860 to 1930. In many of the buildings constructed during this era, the principal entry served also as a carriage entrance. At the design stage, its proportions required a set of doors and architectural embellishment in harmony with its height and breadth. We should remember as well that, at least in central Paris and especially in the case of buildings constructed in the seventy-year period mentioned above, the ground floor on the street side was often given over to commercial use. Shops of all kinds with the goods and services needed for daily life were to be found in almost all neighbourhoods in central Paris. To this day, many elaborately decorated entrances are thus flanked by commercial signs and display windows.

Dr. Peter Edwards
Lintels of Paris, 2019