Montmartre

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

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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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

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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Dupotet de Sennevoye in Montmartre

Denis-Jules, baron Dupotet de Sennevoye (1796-1881) in D23. Practitioner of homeopathy and mesmerism.
Description: Bust of Denis on a pedestal in front of a large upright stone (both now gone); also note the cryptic symbol on the lower reverse side of the upright stone, consisting of an eye inside a triangle and both inside a sun shooting out rays of light with the words “Posse, Velle, Credere”, one on each side of the triangle.
Sculptor: Léopold Bracony.
Jouin 1897, p. 241 and 1902, p. 299.

This bust has been long gone but we now have an idea what it originally looked like:

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Views of Pont Caulaincourt

Since it was first constructed in 1888, the views overlooking the viaduct that carries rue Caulaincourt over Montmartre Cemetery have intrigued visitors and photographers alike. In fact, at least a half dozen views of the bridge have been used as postcards highlighting the viaduct as an attraction in and of itself. Also a nice set of snapshots of daily life in this part of Paris.

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The importance of documenting sculpture with photography: Halevy in Montmartre

A wonderful piece of sculpture in division 3 of Montmartre Cemetery by the noted artist François Duret: statue of the music composer Fromental Halévy in division 3 is now gone, replaced by just the original (?) bust, a truncated bit of stone. 

Tomb, c. 1900:

and today. . . 

and today. . .