Then and Now: Gareau in division 10 of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Pierre Gareau (1766–1815). French merchant. Gareau’s was the first statue erected in Père-Lachaise and is one of the few of the earliest monuments still standing in the cemetery. La Douleur is quite possibly a representation of his widow. Sculptor: François-Dominique Milhomme (1). In 1832:

In 1840:

Then and Now: Robertson in division 8 of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Étienne Robertson (Étienne-Gaspard Robert, 1764–1837), Belgian stage magician and early exploiter of the phantasmagoria. A professor of physics in his native Liège, Robert was better known by his stage name, Étienne Robertson. In 1784, he gave an exhibition of an improved magic lantern, the phantasmagoria. He was also a serious balloonist. 

While the sarcophagus at the tomb of the monument has some interesting skull carvings, the two frieze panels are the most engaging elements of this tomb: on one side is the Last Judgment, while the other depicts what is believed to be the first balloon flight. It is thought that the figure to the far left is American Benjamin Franklin, who did indeed watch the first balloon launch from the Tuilleries Gardens on 1 December 1783. Sculptor: Hardouin.

In 1840:

photograph from wikimedia

photograph from wikimedia

Then and Now: Béclard in division 8 of Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Pierre-Auguste Béclard (1785–1825) and his son, Jules-Auguste Béclard (1817–1887), French physicians. Pierre was also professor of anatomy at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris and chief surgeon at the hôpital de la Pitié. Sculptor: Théophile-François-Marcel Bra (Pierre’s bust) and Gustave Crauk (Jules’s bust). In 1832, when Quaglia sketched the tomb, only Pierre's bust was up (obviously) but note the pedestal transcription was somewhat different from what is there today:

Then and now: Heloïse ands Abelard division 7 Père-Lachaise Cemetery

You know the story: boy meets girl, boy gets girl pregnant, girl's rich uncle arranges for boy to be castrated, boy becomes famous philosopher and teacher, girl becomes abbess, they are united at long last in death.

This tomb, constructed from stones, rescued by the indomitable Alexandre Lenoir, stones that once made up the abbey where Heloïse was abbess and where Abelard reportedly died is one of the most striking examples of gothic funereal architecture in the cemetery. It has also been one of the most visited, painted, sketched and written about gravesites in Paris.












and today:

Then and now: Reicha division 7 Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Antoine-Joseph Reicha (1770–1836). Czech music composer and professor of music. Relief with a bust of Reicha in the top center; a winged cherub plays the lyre to his right and to his left Euterpe, Muse of Music, holds two flutes, one in each hand, and turns to look at Reicha. 
Sculptor: Dominique Molchneth. Print c. 1937:

. . .  and today, before cleaning:

and after:




Updates for Pére-Lachaise Sculpture

I've recently added new entries to my Pére-Lachaise Sculpture website. The additions are:

division 2 Pascal; 11 Portales; 23 Houppin-Mariage; 24 Gémond (detail); 25 Faucheur, Vallé; 27 Bohm-Girardin; 28 Jouanique, Milan, Mouton; 29 Mayer, Collot; 36 Le Bertre Voize; 42 Chevalier; 44 Denebaude, Mattos-Vieira; 49 Carouge, Thoyot, Vency; 56 Arlenspach; 57 Rivka-Kremer, Godfrin; 58 Pires de Garcia; 65 Sagnes, Tabaraud; 85 Lair-Toussaint; 86 Francisco, Laporte; 89 Pilloy; 95 Palasne de Champeaux.