This is an 1844 Jules Arnout view of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. With the Luxor Obelisk at its center, Parisians are illustrated wandering about the square, which stretches from the Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Jardin des Tuileries. Ladies are dressed in fine dresses, while most of the men sport coats and top hats. The fountains surrounding the obelisk are illustrated in their finest, while carriages with drivers and footmen try to avoid those walking. The Hôtel de la Marine and its twin, which today houses the Hôtel de Crillon, are depicted in the background, with the Église de la Madeleine visible down the Rue Royale.
Publication History and CensusThis view was created by Jules Arnout, printed by Lemercier and published by Jeannin c. 1844. This example is one of the British editions which was published in London by the Anaglyphic Company in 1844. The only other known example is part of the collection at the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and is in black and white.
Jules Arnout (June 1, 1814 - 1868) was a French artist, painter, and lithographer active during the mid-19th century. Arnout created works depicting landscapes and French, Swiss, Italian, and English cities.
Rose-Joseph Lemercier (June 29, 1803 - 1887) was a French photographer, lithographer, and printer. One of the most important Parisian lithographers of the 19th century, Lemercier was born in Paris into a family of seventeen children. His father was a basket maker, and he even began working as a basket maker at the age of fifteen, but Lemercier was drawn to lithography and printing and soon entered into an apprenticeship with Langlumé, where he worked from 1822 until 1825. After working for a handful of other printers, Lemercier started his own firm in 1828 at 2, rue Pierre Sarrazin with only one printing press. He subsequently moved a few more times before arriving at 57, rue de Seine, where he founded the printing firm Lemercier and Company. Lemercier created the firm Lemercier, Bénard and Company in 1837 with Jean François Bénard. Lemercier bought out Bénard's share in the firm in 1843 and, since his two sons died at a young age, he decided to bring his nephew Alfred into the business beginning in 1862, who would progressively take on more and more responsibility in running the firm. Between 1850 and 1870, Lemercier's firm was the largest lithographic company in Paris. The firm began to decline in prestige in the early 1870s, and, after Lemercier's death in 1887, its descent only quickened. It is unclear when the firm closed, but Alfred directed the firm until his death in 1901.
Henri Jules Jeannin (fl. 1829 - 1854) was a French print publisher active in Paris in the mid 19th century. Jeannin maintained offices at No. 20, Rue du Croissant in Paris from 1829 - 1835 and then move is office to No. 20, Place du Louvre in Paris. Little else is known about Jeannin.
Good. Closed tear extending one half inch from bottom margin professionally repaired on verso. Exhibits some soiling. Blank on verso.