Reminiscing in the Parlor : Leisurely Viewing Stereographs
Title:
Trône De Fontainebleau, Paris, France
Date:
1877
Photographer:
Lamy, E.
Place:
France/Paris
Processing Method:
Albumen Print
Print Size:
7 x 3.438
Description:
One tissue stereograph of the Trône De Fontainebleau, Paris, France. The photograph shows the throne of Napoleon. The front of the card is embossed with a decorative border around the photographs and the intitals "EL" for E. Lamy, photographer. The back has the initials "M.F.H." and the name of the site. This stereograph is part of a number of tissue cards, many of which are dated 1877, and seems to have been from a grand tour of England, Germany, Italy and France.
Notes:
Loved by French kings for its closeness to great hunting opportunities, the Château de Fontainbleau makes a delightful side trip from Paris. The palace was Napoleon's favorite residence. King Francois I turned the hunting lodge into a kingly palace and even hired the services of Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini. The impressive Louis XV staircase is one of the highlights of the tour.

Used by the Kings of France from the 12th century, the hunting residence of Fontainebleau, at the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France, was transformed, enlarged and embellished in the 16th century by Francois I, who wanted to make a "New Rome" of it. Surrounded by an immense park, the palace, of Italian inspiration, combines Renaissance and French artistic traditions.

Preferring Fontainebleau over Versailles, Napoleon had Louis XV's bedroom converted into a throne room and it was here that Napoleon abdicated. The palace was last used by Napoleon III when it was later declared a national monument in 1871, after the collapse of the empire.
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