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Mont Blanc first ascent monument. Artwork of the bronze statue erected in Chamonix, France, in 1887 to mark the centennial of the first ascent of Mont Blanc. Cast by French sculptor Jean-Jules Salmson (1823-1902), mountaineer Jacques Balmat (pointing at left, 1762-1834) shows his route to the summit to Swiss physicist Horace-Benedict de Saussure (right, 1740-1799) who had funded a prize for the first ascent. Mont Blanc (4810 metres) is the highest mountain in the Alps. Balmat's ascent (with Michel-Gabriel Paccard) was on 8 August 1786. Artwork from the 21st volume (first period of 1898) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
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