Montparnasse

Chaudet in Montparnasse

Sculptor Antoine Denis Chaudet (1763-1810) and his wife, painter Jeanne Elisabeth Gabion madame Chaudet (1767-1832). Both buried in D4 Montparnasse Grande.

The following print of Antoine Chaudet’s grave is from Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 40 and his wife’s grave is from plate 5. The photo of Antoine’s grave is from 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

Thierry and Boichard in Montparnasse

H. Thierry (d. 1828) and A. Boichard (d. 1832); D2 Montparnasse Grande. Two carved portrait medallions, one of each man. Curiously Normand shows 11 May 1832 as the the death date for Thierry but visual examination shows 11 May 1828 and 18 July 1832 for Boichard. Normand does not mention Boichard. Sculptor: Hogler (Boichard) and unknown (Thierry).

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 24; the photos were taken in 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

Lenoir in Montparnasse

Marin Alexandre Lenoir (1762-1839), founder of the Musée des monumens Française. A singularly unique individual he rescued a great many monuments during the upheavals of the French Revolution of 1789. Stop by and pay your respects.

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 24; and Perrott 1855-65; the photo is from 2006, followed by a photo from 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper 2006

photo © Steve Soper 2006

Ridele in Montparnasse

Baron André de Ridele (1748-1837) in D8 Montparnasse Grande.

The following two prints are from (1) Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59, and (2) Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 p, 197 plate 8.

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France,  2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59

Monuments funéraires choisis dans les cimetières de Paris et des principales villes de France, 2nd part, 1863, by L. Normand ainé; plate 59

Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 P, 197 plate 8

Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publics, VOL. 7 1847 P, 197 plate 8

Dumont D'Urville in Montparnasse

Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d'Urville. (1790-1842), French admiral and explorer, his wife Adéle-Dorothée Dumont d’Urville (1799-1842), and two children: Adolphe-Eugène-Jules (d. 1832 age 21 months) and Jules-Eugéne-Hector (1826-1842). Division 15.

Description: Bust and various reliefs (1844) covering the entire base of the obelisk, highlighting d’Urville’s various voyages and discoveries, particularly his part in acquiring the now-famous statue referred to as Venus de Milo.

Sculptor: Antoine-Laurent Dantan.

The three prints below are from Revue generale de l’architecture et des Travaux publies, VOL. 8 1849, followed by a photo taken in 2007.

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photo taken 2007

photo taken 2007

D family in Montparnasse

Located in division 1 of Montparnasse Grande this stunning gothic chapel tomb (1838) by the architect Danjoy had been restored as recently as 2006 (see following photo).

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; plates 50-51. The photo following is from 2006.

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photo © Steve Soper

photo © Steve Soper

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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Moulin a Montparnasse

Once upon a time, long, long ago, the plain of Montrouge, where Montparnasse Cemetery now stands, was the property of the Catholic Church. Specifically it belonged to the brothers of Saint-Jean de la Charité and they had at least 30 windmills here in the 17th century. All of that is changed of course but one of those mills still stands, a silent witness to what once was and what is now.

author's collection

author's collection

. . .  and today:

photograph from wikimedia

photograph from wikimedia

Four guides to Paris Cemeteries

For the casual traveler to Paris one of the standard travel guides will usually suffice for getting around Pere-Lachaise or any of the other popular cemeteries in the city. and most usually offer a simple map with an itinerary -- and of course you can always pick up one of the official cemetery maps or, in the case of Pere-Lachaise, purchase one of the more detailed maps available near one of the main entrances.

But if you're looking for something different, something a bit more enlightening, consider one of these dedicated cemetery guides:

Guide des Cimetieres Parisiens by Jacques Barozzi (Editions Hervas 1990); French. somewhat dated with an infrequent inaccuracy, still this is a reasonably good overview of the major cemeteries in Paris. Arranged by cemetery and then division, with listings and information on notable burials; photos and maps for each cemetery discussed. Index of names

Unexplored Paris by Rodolphe Troulleux and Jacques Lebar, revised edition (Parisgramme 2009); English. OK so this isn't strictly a cemetery guide per se, but what a wonderful book. Aside from serving as a handy guide to those sights of Paris often missed by the harried tourist, this little book, long available only in French, points to some of the more interesting funeral things to see in the city. Index oddly arranged by alphabet but then not alphabetical.  Hmmmm.

Le Cimetiere Montparnasse by Marie-Laure Pierard (De Boree 2009); French. Frankly I don't care much for the layout of this book. Although ostensibly arranged by division, in fact for some odd reason the author jumps all around in her discussion of the major burials in each division. Poor reprint of the official cemetery map, which is not terribly useful. Index lists only the division number and not the page; a bit awkward I thought. Having said all that, to the best of my knowledge this is the only recent guide to Montparnasse, a cemetery worth a long stroll if not a lengthy visit in its own right.

Guide des Curiosites Funeraires a Paris by Anne-Marie Minvielle (Parisgramme 2008); French. Subititled Cimetieres, Eglises et Lieux de Memoire, this is another handy little volume to stuff in your bag. Arranged by arrondissement you can either plunge right in or check out the handy little table of contents at the front of the book for a more detailed itinerary. Very nice photographs (Minvielle is a professional photographer as well as a journalist) and the maps are well-executed. With appendices (annexes) that include a glossary of terms, a bibliography and glory be! an index of tombs listed in the book. How cool is that?!

While this is not mean to be an exhaustive list, it should help the serious cemetery tourist to discover some of the more unusual treasures awaiting them in the cemeteries of Paris.