Nourrit family in Montmartre

A lovely monument, most of which still stands today, belies the simple fact that for this family 1839 was simply a long series of tragedies that ended in death of everyone.

Adolphe Nourrit (1802-1839), once a rising star of the operatic world -- he debuted as a tenor in Paris at the age of 19 -- committed suicide by jumping from his hotel room in Naples. Five months later, just weeks after the birth of his son Alexis, his wife Adéle (b. 1803) died, probably from complications following childbirth; she was soon followed by the death of the infant in December. Sadly, it was quite operatic.

The following print is from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 60.

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 photo by Steve Soper

photo by Steve Soper

 print by Jacques François Llanta, from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Musique

print by Jacques François Llanta, from the Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Musique