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Charles Meryon

(Paris, France, November 23, 1821 - Februry 14, 1868, Charenton, France)

Tourelle, Rue de l'Ecole de Medecin (Marat Tower, 22 Rue de l’École de Médecine),, 1861
Etching on paper
7 x 4 in. (17.78 x 10.16 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Gerard R. Pomerat
Accession Number: P80.347

Marjorie Harth Beebe, Printmaking in France, 1850-1900 (Claremont: Montgomery Art Gallery, 1982), 15.
D. 41

Label for "Parisian Ecologies: The City Transformed in Nineteenth-Century Prints and Drawings" March 24 - June 25, 2022

Prefect Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann began to reform Paris in 1853 at Napoleon’s request, creating north and south axes for the city, large boulevards for mobilizing troops, and a new sewer system. This etching displays Paris in transition as a horse carriage moves through a choked street with tight spaces between the turreted Marat Tower and neighboring buildings. In the open space above, birds hover in smoggy skies.

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  • Image Dimensions: 7 x 4 in. (17.78 x 10.16 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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