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Title

The morgue, Paris


Artist

Charles Meryon

France

1821 - 1868


About

Meryon depicted the architecture of old Paris with supreme accuracy and clarity of detail, often imparting to his views an aura of strangeness and unreality. The scene features not only buildings of interest to Meryon but also a miniature melodrama. The lower left of the image shows a body which has recently been pulled from the river and is being taken to the mortuary. A crowd watches from the wall.


Details


Alternative title

La morgue, Paris


Date

1854


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching


Edition

iv of 7 states


Dimensions

23.2 x 20.5 cm platemark; 29.5 x 24.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate] "Charles Meryon... mdcccliv".


Credit

Purchased 1938


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6756


Artist information

Charles Meryon

Works in the collection

15


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 9 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Prints & Drawings', pg. 115-122, Sydney, 1984, 116 (illus.).

Nicholas Draffin (Curator), The bitten image: European etchings from the collection, Sydney, 1980, 11.

Geoffrey Holme (Editor), The etchings of Charles Meryon, London, 1921, 17, illus.. plate no. 20

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'A Portrait of the Artist as a critic', pg. 12, Sydney, 22 Aug 1998, 12s. Appearing in the Spectrum section.

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Western Collection: Works on Paper', pg. 78-92, Sydney, 1999, 83 (illus.).

Renée Porter, Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century Etching Renaissance, Sydney, 1998.

Malcolm C Salaman, The Master: Charles Meryon, London, 1927, 7, 8, illus.. plate no. 10

Richard Schneiderman, The catalogue raisonné of the prints of Charles Meryon, London, 1990, 87, 88 (illus.), 89 (illus.), 90 (illus.).. cat.no. 42. Illustration on pg. 88 is the second state, illustration on pg. 89 is the fourth state, illustration on pg. 90 is the sixth state.

Hugh Stokes (Editor), The master etchers: Charles Meryon, London, illus.. plate no. 23