Updated guides to Paris Cemeteries

My reference guides to the art in the Big Three Paris cemeteries: Père-Lachaise, Montparnasse and Montmartre have been revised and updated for 2018. I’ve also added a fourth volume to the series, covering the artwork in Passy cemetery.

So, the Paris cemetery artwork project is, for the moment anyway, behind me, as is the guide to the earliest burials in Père-Lachaise. I’m certain there will be a revision of the early burials volume for 2019 once I hear back from Marie and Pierre with corrections, additions, etc.

You can find them all on amazon.

Père-Lachaise c. 1815

Père-Lachaise c. 1815

Bibesco-Noailles division 28

Georges-Démètre Bibesco (1804-1873), Romanian prince of Wallachia, Marie Vacaresco madame Bibesco (1815-1859), and their grand-niece Anna de Brancovan comtesse de Noailles (1876-1933), Romanian-French poet.
Description: The dramatic exterior hints at the stunning interior of this large chapel tomb: three large frescoes depicting religious themes stretch across the back half of the circular structure and a relief with two angels kneeling and praying one on either side of a portrait of a woman and dedicated to Marie Bibesco is found just below the altar.
Sculptor/artists: Eugène Oudine (relief) and Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Leloir (frescoes).
Street: Chemin du Dragon.

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

Tulla in Montmartre

Jean-Godefroy Tulla (1770-1828), division 26.

Epitaph: Hommage rendu a la memoire des tablets, de la probite, et du merite du defunt, par ses amis, dans le grand-duche de Bade.

The following prints are from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé, plate 39; and Perrott 1855-65. The end photo is from 2016.

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And this print from Perrott c. 1855-65:

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And this is the grave in 2016:

photo: Steve Soper

photo: Steve Soper

Hittorff and Lèpere in Montmartre

Jacques-Ignace Hittorff (1792-1867) and his father-in-law Jean-Baptiste Lèpere (1761-1844) both French architects.

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 70. The photo following is from c. 2003.

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And this is the tomb c. 2003:

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Chauvet in Passy

Pierre-Antoine Chauvet (1739-1827) and Stanislas Chauvet (1791-1827), both priests and both served as curé of the church in Passy.
Description: Relief of a shepherd carrying a lamb.
Sculptor: Unknown.
Division 9.

The following print is from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  1863, by L. Normand ainé, plate 39; followed by a photo taken in 2018.

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Note that the original inscription for Pierre Chauvet has been "replaced" by that of Stanislas Chauvet.

photo by Steve Soper

photo by Steve Soper

Delaroche in Montmartre

Louise Vernet madame Delaroche (1814-1845), wife of painter Hippolyte de la ROCHE, dit Paul DELAROCHE, (1797-1856) and daughter of painter Horace Vernet (1789-1863) and Louise Pujol (1789-1858). The small gothic-style tomb is the work of Jacques-Félix Duban, (1797-1870), architect. Inside note the medallion of Louise.

Here's how her tomb looked originally:

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And here's how it looks today:

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

Guide to the Earliest Burials in Père-Lachaise Cemetery

I've just just published my Guide to the Earliest Burials in Père-Lachaise 1804-1824. I've fallen under the spell of many others who have become obsessed with the first burials in Père-Lachaise and decided to share what I've learned so far.

Over 500 pages long with nearly 4,400 entries it weighs in at a little over three pounds and is chock full of many of those first souls interred in one of the world's most famous resting places. Each entry consists of: 

Surname(s) and personal information
Epitaph (if applicable)
Division (division number plus street name if applicable)
Reference citations

A sampling of the earliest guides used includes:

C. P. Arnaud (1817, 1823, 1825), Théophile Astrié (1865), Antoine Caillot (1808, 1809),  F. M. Marchant de Beaumont (1820, 1821, 1828), Jules Moiroux (1908), Louis Normand (1832, 1863), Fernando Quaglia (1832, Roger and son (1816), M. P. Saint-Aubin (1816, 1825), and F. T. Salomon (1855).

It's available on Amazon.

View of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery from the Greffulhe Chapel, engraved by Guiguet, Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs

View of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery from the Greffulhe Chapel, engraved by Guiguet, Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs

Need grave locations in Montparnasse

The following prints are from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé. Plate number follows name. If anyone knows the division number please let me know. Merci!

Auguste Beudot. Plate 33.

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Bonefant. Plate 12.

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L. M. Dupon d. 5 January 1829. Plate 12.

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Gatland-Delepine, Plate 31.

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Elisa Herbin 1814-1834. Plate 5.

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Mathieu Larocque 1758-1933. Plate 33.

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Celeste Lepage d. 1829 and Camille Lepage d. 1835. Plate 12.

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Pierre Alexandre Peieyre. Plate 33.

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Augustin Joseph Pieron 1771-1833. Plate 33.

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Adele Gunin-Gridaine madame Jules Renouard 1810-1834. Plate 47.

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Charles Seurre 1767-1839. Plate 64.

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Jacques Marie Trabuchi 1751-1805 - possibly a cenotaph? Plate 44.

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Madame Vigoureux née Gossin. Plate 31

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Need grave locations in Montmartre

The following prints are from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé.

Marie Abatange de Ribaucourt madame Pierre-Louis Cordier, d. 1826.

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P. A. Dignard.

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Marie Louise Henriette Revoil widow of Pierre Hurtault, d. 8 March 1816 in her 90th year.

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Anne Henriette Lecluse madame Lacasse b. 16 July 1774, d. 17 January 1832.

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