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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 99, June 19, 1855

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Identifier: DX03894091

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 99, June 19, 1855

Description: Describes visiting a room filled with Napoleon relics at the Louvre in Paris.


Here [Musee de Cluny] our Henry the Eighth’s sister [Mary Tudor] lived, nuns, Jesuits, soldiers have held it, and here [Jean Paul] Marat’s “committee of public safety” sate. Finally an Antiquary made it what it now is, and at his demise ‘twas purchased by the Government of the time being. There are pictures, tapestry, armour, swords, arquebusses, matchlocks, rare cabinets, carving, and what [Francois] Rabelais calls a “Bergomaseo lock,” (which appears curiously adapted to its purpose.) An odd sort of monastic-looking garden is in the rear, below a spacious Roman Chamber, with remains of bathing apparatus, — and further on is an entrance to the Catacombs, which undermine this part of Paris. Again to the Louvre picture galleries, and principally in the Napoleon room, where are the relics of the Emperor. The famous grey riding coat, the purple imperial robes, breeches, shoes, crowns, camp equipage and bed, sword and pistols, of the “grande homme,” — all are here. One I could contemplate with pleasure, Napoleon’s coat as general of the French Republic. I fancy the effect of all these enshrined relics on hot blood, and glory loving Frenchmen! Who started this? Perhaps old Louis Phillippe, for he was prone to play at respecting the great upsetter of kings. Well, it’s in tune with the present dynasty! I can only like Napoleon at one period of his life, — when he was a sous-lieutenant of Artillery, spare and hungry, studying mathematics, “wanting courtesy” to his landlady, and walking about the streets of Paris half contemplating suicide, because he seemed to be of no use to France, and have little business in the world. / David, the painter has not had justice accorded him, his works are very fine. There is a

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Museums
Louvre (Paris, France)


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