division 8

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

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:

Etienne-Gaspard Robert (1764-1837) division 8 Pere-Lachaise

Better known by his stage name Etienne Robertson, was a Belgian stage magician and early exploiter of the "phantasmagoria." A professor of physics in his native Liege, in 1784, he gave an exhibition of an improved magic lantern, the phantasmagoria. He was also a serious balloonist.


Bas-reliefs by Hardouin: