Monday, March 14, 2016

Earliest burials in Pere-Lachaise -- was 1817 all that magical?

1817: 239-1103-8106-9448
1818: 264-1330-8107-9701
1819: 331-1495-7502-9328
1820: 413-1685-7258-9356
1821: 481-1664-7784-9929
1822: 568-1780-7650-9998

By the end of 1822 the total number of interments had grown to 111,737 of which 2,986 were permanent and 12,720 temporary graves and 96.121 were buried in mass graves.

Skipping ahead, by the end of 1875 the cemetery had witnessed 629,572 burials, which included 31,348 permanent and 118, 195 temporary grave sites.

(Source: Archives de Paris, VI.15.1.1326W, Archives des Pompes funèbres de Paris - Paris municipal funeral home archives.)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Anton Reicha - division 7 in Pere-Lachaise then and now

Anton Reicha (1770-1836) was a Czech-born, naturalized French music composer.

1837 Normand

after the restoration in 2010

Monday, January 11, 2016

Stock photo companies misidentify Pere-Lachaise

Recently I went online to look for some aerial views of Pere-Lachaise cemetery. What I quickly discovered is that there are plenty of stock photo companies selling photos of what they claim to be Pere-Lachaise but is in fact Montparnasse cemetery. Clearly the photographers, t  outing themselves as professionals by selling through a reputable stock photo company, did not have the professional sense to make sure the image they are selling is what it's supposed to be.

The companies where I found this incredibly sloppy error include: Shutterstock, Deviantart, Dreamstime and 123rf.

The funny thing is none of these companies have any process by which someone can question the validity of a photograph or even address potential copyright conflicts. This sloppy error may just be part of a sloppy corporate culture overall.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Jacob Robles - division 7 in Pere-Lachaise then and now

Little is known of Jacob Robles (1782-1842) other than he was born in Port-au-Prince and died in Paris. However, the sculpture Le Silence by Auguste Preault (division 49) is also in the collections of the Louvre.

1842 by Toullion


Saturday, January 02, 2016

Abraham Diaz-Carvalho - division 7 in Pere-Lachaise then and now

Abraham Diaz-Carvalho (1796-1814) was the son of David and Reina (Cohe).

According to art historian Henry Jouin there was a bust of marble on the tomb created by Pierre Fessard but it doesn't show up in Marchant's print from 1821-22. Odd.