Aguado in Père-Lachaise

Alexandre Aguado de Las Marisma del Guadalquivir (1785–1842). Spanish banker. D45, Avenue Transversale No. 1 at junction with Avenue Saint-Morys.

Two life-size statues of women in classical costume by Joseph-Marius Ramus, one on each side of this tall and imposing monument, representing la Bienfaisance/Benevolence and the les Arts; also, reliefs of two winged cherubs on the front of the tomb. Architect: Auguste-Joseph Pellechet.

undated print, Bibliothèque nationale de France

undated print, Bibliothèque nationale de France

c. 1900

c. 1900

2013 photo by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin

2013 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


2006 photo by Steve Soper

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.

photo taken 2007

photo taken 2007

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

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:


Le Declin lost and found

Sculpted by Clément Leopold Steiner, and once located in what was called Square Père-Lachaise, now Square Samuel de Champlain, overlooking Avenue Gambetta, this touching, and somewhat melancholic statue was removed many years ago. 

The good news is that Adam Roberts of the Invisible Paris blog has tracked down the story behind the statue and what became of it.

 Located not far from where Paul Moreau-Vauthier's Memorial to the Victims of Revolution now stands.

Two puzzles in Père-Lachaise Cemetery

OK, up front there are way more than just two puzzles to be found in those 107 hilltop acres on the east side of Paris. As some of you know, I've been working on identifying and locating all the artwork in Père-lachaise and right now I'm trying to identify two very specific and rather dramatic reliefs.

The first one is in D6, along the same line as the bust of Lapommeraye, and not far off of Chemin Lebrun. It's a unique stone with very same relief on both sides of the monument but aside from the word ordre there is no identifying inscription (as you can see one side is much eroded).

The second relief sits in D39 just along Avenue des Acacias where it becomes Avenue Transversale No. 1, close to the Turpin mausoleum and just up from Chemin Suchet.

(photos by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, wikimedia)

Eastern Cemetery in Lille, France








Maurice Planque


Paul Assoignion

Fernand Chapelle






Jules Maertens


Sylvere Verhulst






Delebart Mallet





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. . . 

Updates for Pére-Lachaise Sculpture

I've recently added new entries to my Pére-Lachaise Sculpture website. The additions are:

division 2 Pascal; 11 Portales; 23 Houppin-Mariage; 24 Gémond (detail); 25 Faucheur, Vallé; 27 Bohm-Girardin; 28 Jouanique, Milan, Mouton; 29 Mayer, Collot; 36 Le Bertre Voize; 42 Chevalier; 44 Denebaude, Mattos-Vieira; 49 Carouge, Thoyot, Vency; 56 Arlenspach; 57 Rivka-Kremer, Godfrin; 58 Pires de Garcia; 65 Sagnes, Tabaraud; 85 Lair-Toussaint; 86 Francisco, Laporte; 89 Pilloy; 95 Palasne de Champeaux.

Square Pere-Lachaise sculpture

This dramatic and moving sculpture by Paul Moreau-Vauthier (buried in division 14), depicts the final moments of those 147 communards lined up against the mur des federes in division 76 and summarily executed, and whose bodies were dumped into a mass grave directly in front of the wall. One legend has it that the pieces of stone used here came from the original wall, although there does not appear to be any evidence to support such a  claim -- still, it makes for a great story.

This is located outside of the cemetery and is part of Square Samuel de Champlain (formerly called Square Pere-Lachaise) and runs along the northern wall of Pere-Lachaise parallel with Avenue Gambetta.

When you exit the Pere-Lachaise metro cross the street like you're heading to the cemetery but bear to the left onto the Avenue Gambetta.