Lithograph with fine hand-colouring, very scarce; Paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824; sheet 420 x 265mm (16½ x 10½").
The tomb of Peter Abelard (1079-1142) and Héloïse d'Argenteuil (1092?-1164) in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Amongst the most celebrated lovers in history, Abelard and Héloïse were separated by circumstance but continued a passionate correspondence, and the survival of their letters provided the basis for their posthumous celebrity. In the 18th century works by Alexander Pope and Jean-Jacques Rousseau celebrated their love. The remains of the couple were moved in 1817 to the Gothic tomb shown here, which drew many visitors to the cemetery. Three such visitors can be seen here contemplating the monument. 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 115.9
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