in La Parisienne peinte par elle-même
Engraved by Henry Somm
(the caricature in brown ink - is on the same page)
"While Haussmann is himself responsible for the "charm" of Paris as we know it today, urbanization of the city depended on the demolition and destruction of many residential properties and traditional quarters. Haussmann's work was therefore often the inspiration for a variety of satirical and political cartoons. The undated caricature shown here is not the first to illustrate and criticize the often chaotic and overwhelming nature of Haussmann's demolition work."
"The Quadrille, introduced in France around 1760, continued to be a popular dance in 19th century Paris. Originally performed in sets of two couples, the quadrille evolved into different forms and variations, many of which were similar to the waltz and the polka."
Lithograph by Paul Gavarni 1840 in Le Charivari
"This caricature is a reference to the Bal Chicard,
where party-goers dressed in costume."
'Bah! They'll be the first ones to pull thorugh the breach so that I can get through.'
Lithograph by A deVresse 1868 in Le Charivari
Lithograph by Jules Draner 1870
"Prussian emblem of an eagle with the names of
the newly unified eight German states."
"The project, "Paris, Capital of the 19th century," initiated by the French Studies and Comparative Literature Departments of Brown University, provides a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture."
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