Lithograph with fine hand-colouring, very scarce; sheet 420 x 265mm (16½ x 10½"). Slight marks lower right off subject.
The tombs of the fabulist Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95), playwright Molière (1622-73) and poet Jacques Delille (1738-1813) at Père Lachaise Cemetery in the suburbs of Paris. When the cemetery opened in 1804 it was located far from the centre of the city and attracted few funerals. The transfer of the remains of La Fontaine and Molière were part of a strategy to raise the profile of the cemetery. Plate from 'Picturesque Views of the Principal Monuments in the Cemetery of Père La Chaise, near Paris', which comprised of ten coloured lithographs by John Thomas Serres (1759-1825). Serres, who like his father Dominic specialized in marine painting, was also a skilled printmaker although his later years were dogged by financial difficulties. Serres died in the same year that this volume was published.
Ex: collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Abbey 115.5/6/7
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