An image of The morgue, Paris

Charles Meryon

(France 1821 – 1868)

The morgue, Paris

Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

Meryon depicted the architecture of old Paris with supreme accuracy and clarity of detail, often imparting to his views an aura of strangeness and unreality. The scene features not only buildings of interest to Meryon but also a miniature melodrama. The lower left of the image shows a body which has recently been pulled from the river and is being taken to the mortuary. A crowd watches from the wall.

Year
1854
Media
Print
Medium
etching
Dimensions
23.2 x 20.5 cm platemark; 29.5 x 24.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., [incised plate] "Charles Meryon... mdcccliv".
Credit
Purchased 1938
Accession number
6756