Imagining 1870s Paris

A few weeks ago I posted some photos that provided inspiration for Acts of Rebellion which is set in 1870s Paris. I found some of them online, some in books, and took others during a trip to Paris last spring.

Acts of Rebellion features Mariele du Crecy and Camille Noisette. The du Crecy family has connections to the aristocracy and their wealth is considered ‘old money’. The Noisette family’s wealth came more recently. In particular, Camille’s father became exceedingly wealthy from real estate development and investments during Napoleon III’s rebuilding of Paris. This rebuilding took place from 1852 to 1870 and beyond. Camille lives in an expensive home in the 7th arrondissement.

The Noisette salon and library might look something like these rooms.

In Chapter 6, Camille and Mariele get to know one another while strolling in the Tuileries gardens. Beyond the fountain in this 1850 photo is the Tuileries Palace. It was destroyed during the Commune so if you visit Paris now, the Tuileries gardens are larger than they were at the time of Acts of Rebellion. Behind the Tuileries Palace is the Louvre.

While out strolling, Camille wears a dress like the one below which was taken at the Louvre. Of course, beneath the dress she’ll have on some sort of corset laced tightly at the back.

Corset

Day dress

Promenading was a frequent occupation for Parisians. Many strolled the fashionable streets or through various gardens of Paris to see and be seen. I doubt any of them were focused on exercise the way we are today 🙂

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Paris Day 7

A working trip to Paris – or at least that’s what I’ve told family and friends. Research is work, after all. A second objective of the trip is to feel like we’re living here, if only for three weeks, so we’ve taken an apartment and are cooking many of our meals after shopping in the markets and local epiceries, fromageries, boucheries, boulangeries and other shops. Must not forget the wine shops!

We walk and walk and walk, our days varying in distance covered but by the end of most days, my feet protest — loudly.

With the 19th century as a focus, more particularly the period from 1870 onward, museums and sites relevant to that period are on the ‘must see’ list. A sample of places seen.

Paris Opera - Palais Garnier
Paris Opera – Palais Garnier
19th Century Gown
19th Century Gown
19th century hair comb
19th century hair comb
Salon at Musee Nissim de Camondo
Salon at Musee Nissim de Camondo
Interior of the Pantheon
Interior of the Pantheon
Palais Luxembourg
Palais Luxembourg
Statue in the Tuileries Gardens
Statue in the Tuileries Gardens
19th Century Fan
19th Century Fan
Musee Jacquemart-Andre music gallery
Musee Jacquemart-Andre music gallery