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The Tomb of Victor Noir

Last updated: 03.11.2001

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The Tomb of Victor Noir
View of the tomb of Victor Noir. [49K]

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The Tomb of Victor Noir
Statue 'gisant' of Victor Noir, by Dalor. [45K]

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Victor Noir (closeup)
Closeup of the head of Dalor's statue of Victor Noir. [47K]

Photographs of the tomb of Victor Noir, Père-Lachaise, Paris, taken in 1996.

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Victor Noir was a 19th-century journalist (1858-1870), shot in a duel for having either criticized (or perhaps cuckolded) a relative of Napoléon III. The statue on his tomb, by Dalor, shows him as he fell. In life he enjoyed a reputation as a playboy; in death, he has become a fertility symbol, the statue permanently surrounded by flowers left by his 'admirers'.

© Angus McIntyre 2001. All rights reserved.

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