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Just been on one of my lunch hour cultural visits to the Musée Carnavalet in the Marais district of Paris. The museum, which is owned by the "Ville de Paris", is housed within the most spectacular "Hôtel Particulier" dating from the late 17th century with a stunning inner ornamental courtyard. The museum is free, as if to underline that it belongs to Paris and its' people. At the moment there is an exhibition of 64 drawings executed by Prieur at the time of the revolution, 1789 to 1791, including the fall of the Bastille, the flight to Varennes and the ignominious return, and the assault on the Tuileries. The artist, who assisted as a historical witness at these events, faithfully portrays the violence and turmoil of these times. Quite fascinating! One of the drawings has the head of one of the most hated opponents of the revolutionaries being branded on a pike in front of the face of his son-in-law on the tumbril who is due to face the same fate. In the mouth of the severed head the rioters have stuffed straw, as this man (his name escapes me) was reported to have said that the people were quite happy chewing the cud/eating fodder!

Further rooms show contemporary 18th century furniture, some having belonged to the King and Queen. I noticed a small knife with a golden blade and its' green leather case having belonged to MA. Then reading Clery's Temple prison diary in the metro back to work I noticed this passage:

"At the end of each meal Madame Elizabeth gave me a small knife to clean with a gold blade: often the commissioners seized it from me to make sure that I had not hid any small message in the bottom of the leather case".

I can only conclude from this description that he was describing the very same knife I had just seen.

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Oh, wow! How lucky you are to be able to explore Paris like that.

According to Lenotre, Prieur saw Marie Antoinette in the Conciergerie. I have no idea why - have never come across any image of her by him. Would love to know if he ever did draw or paint her.

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I visited Musee Carnavalet while I was studying aboard in Paris July 2004. It is indeed a fascinating place on Parisian history. The hotel I was staying wasn't too far so it was a good walk.


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I too visited and loved this museum. I took a picture of the green leather case Baron spoke of, but it's blurry. I'll post it anyhow just to give a general idea. This used to be the home of Madame de Sevigne.


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A few more pictures:


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More.....


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Musee Carnavalet


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Musee Carnavalet


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Anyone who would like to search their collections in a more systematic way might want to visit this site:
http://www.photo.rmn.fr/cf/htm/CSearchT.aspx?V=CSearchT&SID=2K1KTS2OSLWKJ&E=S_2K1KTS2OSLWKJ&NoR=500&New=T

Recherche will take you to the main search page, where you can also search by museum.

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I quite like the more familiar style of posting photos here.....speaking personally.... :)

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A chacun son goût .... One does not prevent the other. But I suspect that some of the things available through the link may not even be on exhibit.

At any rate, the link is really for those who want to dig in and see what's available, not just see a few choice images. And I would think the former are a minority.

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I like the posting of photos - other peoples pictures as well. I took pictures of things at the Musee Carnavalet that I never saw in any of the websites. The French forum has alot of very nice photos posted - I love to go and look at them!


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Lilly wrote:

I like the posting of photos - other peoples pictures as well. I took pictures of things at the Musee Carnavalet that I never saw in any of the websites. The French forum has alot of very nice photos posted - I love to go and look at them!


Kind of makes the forum less turgid....

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And I would think the former are a minority.

Did you mean the former or the latter?

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I meant that people like me, who prefer to do research in a fairly systematic way, are probably in the minority. But those are the people who will probably, even if they enjoy looking over selections from posters here, like to have a way to see everything the museum officially offers, and photographed professionally.

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Louis XIV statue - Musee Carnavalet


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