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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 92, June 15, 1855

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Identifier: DX03887917

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 92, June 15, 1855

Description: Describes visits to the Louvre and the Morgue in Paris.


nail us for an hours lecture (in French), and back to the Cour de Commerce, and as it rained dismally, to letter writing. Thus all the morning, declining the Doctor's proferred offer of conducting us to more lectures, he, on the "nothing like leather" principle, "being ardent for it. Talk with Madame Perret below, of Paris and its peculiarities. The house, she says, is one in which [Georges Jacques] Danton resided, but they don’t know which individual room. Just round the corner, at No 11 of the Rue de l'Ecole de Medecine, is the apartment where Charlotte Corday stabbed [Jean Paul] Marat, — but a few years ago, and his sister showed the place, — she is now dead. In the afternoon the three of us, with a Staffordshire man to the Louvre. There till 4, looking at sculpture, porcelain, paintings &c. There is a noble [Peter Paul] Rubens gallery, and the Murillo, perhaps the finest picture in the world. In another part I noticed the tomb of Philip des Comines, the Chronicler, (and despoiler of orphans,) who appears in [Walter] Scotts Quentin Durward, and Anne of Geirstein. Turning out into the rain, we looked in at the Church of St Germain d'Auxerrois, which gave the signal for the massacre of St Bartholomew, and then visited the Morgue. It is a small, square building, by the side of the Seine, not far from the Island of the Cite, its open doors inviting passers by to look in, which they generally do. Behind a barred and glazed apartment stretching across one end of the interior, on a bare slate, or metal couch, the upper part of his body resting on a piece of sloping brass, lay the corpse of a hideous negro, which had evidently been taken from the river. He was naked, excepting about the loins, horribly swollen, with horrid splotches of greenish decompo-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-15

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Museums
Louvre (Paris, France)


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