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Charles Meryon

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

Le Petit Pont, 1850
Etching on paper
9 1/2 x 7 5/16 in. (24.13 x 18.57 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Gerard R. Pomerat
Accession Number: P80.345

Bibliography
Claire Nettleton, Parisian Ecologies: The City Transformed in Nineteenth-Century Prints and Drawings at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (Claremont: Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, 2022), 32 illustrated/color.
Marjorie Harth Beebe,
Printmaking in France, 1850-1900
(Claremont: Montgomery Art Gallery, 1982), 15.
D. 24

Edition
iii

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

Napoléon III, who became president of France in 1848 and then emperor in 1851, promised to clean up unsanitary industries and pollution as well as curb cholera outbreaks. Meryon’s etchings depict Paris before these promises were realized, complete with overcrowded and labyrinthine streets, the smoke that hung constantly in the air, and a pump that carried cholera-contaminated water through neighborhoods.

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  • Image Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 7 5/16 in. (24.13 x 18.57 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
  • Plate Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 in. (26.04 x 19.37 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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