30 May 2011

Petite and Pretty

Hidden away in the Pigalle, on the border of the 9th and 18th arrondissements, is a little gem of a museum called Musee de la Romantique.
We were the only non French visitors which seems to say it is not on the tourist trail, as yet.

                                     Tea in the charming garden ...

Build in 1830 this was the private home of the famous romantic painter, Ary Scheffer.
The above photo is a painting of his future wife - her gown is quite lovely don't you think?

His heirs bequeathed this property to the City of Paris.

Apart from the lovely house there are two studios once used for painting, teaching and entertaining his prestigious group of friends who included Chopin, Rossini, Delacroix, Liszt and even Charles Dickens.
A frequent guest was George Sand, the controversial novelist and feminist.
An interesting collection of her private belongings is displayed in the downstairs rooms of the museum.

We found this a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Paris ...

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