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News from Père-Lachaise

Méliès tomb renovation.

t appears that the family of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for renovating his tomb in D64. You can find out more online:

https://www.thegeorgesmeliesproject.org/index.php/home-uk

Georgian hero

Georgia Today reports that one of the early heroes of Georgian independence, Nikoloz Cheidze, is buried in PL, although that has yet to be confirmed.

http://georgiatoday.ge/news/14807/Hidden-Story-of-the-Georgian-Hero-


Update on Marie Beleyme’s research

I’ve posted here recently that Marie has provided online access to the first 3400 earliest burials to PL on her blog. Well, she’s now posted a wonderful timeline of important historical moments in the early historical development of the cemeteries of Paris:

http://perelachaisehistoire.fr/naissance-des-grands-cimetieres-parisiens-en-quelques-dates/

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

I will be in Paris in late April

I'm returning to Paris in late April and plan to spend several days in Pére-Lachaise, Montparnasse, Montmartre and Passy cemeteries tracking down sculptures and old burials. If you need a photo of a gravesite please send me the name and grave location and I'll shoot the image for you. Just be aware that I won't have time to search cemetery records, however.  You must already know the grave division and hopefully line number. Sorry, but I have a very long shot list. . . . 

photo of the temporary memorial column to the dead from World War 1, in front of the chapel in division 55.

photo of the temporary memorial column to the dead from World War 1, in front of the chapel in division 55.