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An image of The morgue, Paris by Charles Meryon

Charles Meryon

(France 1821 – 1868)

The morgue, Paris
Alternative title:
La morgue, Paris
Media category
Materials used
iv of 7 states

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".
Purchased 1938
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (9)

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.).. 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

Exhibition history (4)

The Bitten Image: European etchings from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Jul 1980–14 Sep 1980

Meryon, Bracquemond & the 19th Century etching Renaissance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jun 1998–02 Aug 1998

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014