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Eiffel, Gustave (1832 – 1923)

An extraordinary vintage sepia matte-finish 10″ x 5.25″ photo of the Eiffel Tower during construction in late 1887, depicting the tower’s four massive pillars with central scaffolding structure, affixed to the original 13″ x 12.25″ mount as issued in preparation for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, signed on the mount in black ink, ‘G. Eiffel’ with another hand adding an inscription and date of January 1st 1888. Printed caption to lower mount reads: ‘Progress of the Work from December 11, 1887, G. Eiffel, Engineer & Builder’.

In fine condition, with a small tear to the lower edge, and loss to the upper edge of mount which could be matted out if so desired. Signed photographs by Eiffel  of his iconic building are extremely rare.