pere lachaise

Dorian in Père-Lachaise

Pierre-Frédéric Dorian (1814–1873). French politician, manufacturer, and former Minister of Public Works. D70, Avenue Cail, Avenue des Peupliers and Rond-Point.

Description: Statue (1875) by Aimé Millet of Pierre during the defense of Paris 1870–71, sitting on a wicker basket used to fortify walls, with his left hand over his heart while in his right hand he holds a map of Paris fortifications; his left foot rests atop the barrel of a small cannon. Architect was Léon Dupré.

c. 1900

c. 1900

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2006 by Steve Soper

Pierre Gareau in Père-Lachaise

Pierre Gareau (1766–1815) was a French merchant. Located in D10, inside the division; the grave used to be just to the right of a path going up the hill but the path is now long gone.

The sculpture by François-Dominique Milhomme (D1) depicting La Douleur is quite possibly a representation of his widow.

This has the unique distinction of being the first statue erected in Père-Lachaise and is one of the few of the earliest monuments still standing in the cemetery.

The following images are from 1821, 1840, c. 1900 and 2012.

c. 1821

c. 1821

1840

1840

c. 1900

c. 1900

2012 photo by Pierre Yves Beaudouin

2012 photo by Pierre Yves Beaudouin

Bellini in Père-Lachaise

Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835). D11 just off of Chemin Méhul, near Bosquet Delille. Italian music composer. In 1876 his remains were returned to his birthplace, Catania, Sicily.
Portrait medallion of Vincenzo by Charles Marochetti. Originally there was a female angel sitting with arms crossed on the slab portion of the tomb in front of the upright stone which holds the medallion.
Architect: G. A. Blouet.

from Marty and Lasalle 1844

from Marty and Lasalle 1844

From Normand 1863

From Normand 1863

c. 1900

c. 1900

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2006 photo by Steve Soper

Bibesco-Noailles division 28

Georges-Démètre Bibesco (1804-1873), Romanian prince of Wallachia, Marie Vacaresco madame Bibesco (1815-1859), and their grand-niece Anna de Brancovan comtesse de Noailles (1876-1933), Romanian-French poet.
Description: The dramatic exterior hints at the stunning interior of this large chapel tomb: three large frescoes depicting religious themes stretch across the back half of the circular structure and a relief with two angels kneeling and praying one on either side of a portrait of a woman and dedicated to Marie Bibesco is found just below the altar.
Sculptor/artists: Eugène Oudine (relief) and Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Leloir (frescoes).
Street: Chemin du Dragon.

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

Postcard from Paris: Bibesco and Noailles

Located in D28 along Chemin Dragon is this incredible work of art, the final resting place of Georges-Démètre Bibesco (1804-1873), Romanian prince of Wallachia, Marie Vacaresco madame Bibesco (1815-1859), and their grand-niece Anna de Brancovan comtesse de Noailles (1876-1933), Romanian-French poet.

The dramatic exterior hints at the stunning interior of this large chapel tomb: three large frescoes depicting religious themes stretch across the back half of the circular structure and a relief with two angels kneeling and praying one on either side of a portrait of a woman and dedicated to Marie Bibesco is found just below the altar.

Sculptor/artists: Eugène Oudine (relief) and Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Leloir (frescoes). 

Note the change in the doors -- from a solid (bronze?) to clear glass. View c. 1900:

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and in 2011. . . 

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courtesey wikimedia