The Fountain of the Innocents and its place in the Paris cityscape, 1549-1788

Gilks, David (2018) The Fountain of the Innocents and its place in the Paris cityscape, 1549-1788. Urban History, 45 (1). pp. 49-73. ISSN 0963-9268

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This article analyses how the Fountain of the Innocents appeared and also how it was used and perceived as part of the Paris cityscape. In the 1780s, the plan to transform the Holy Innocents’ Cemetery into a market cast doubt on the Fountain's future; earlier perceptions now shaped discussions over reusing it as part of the transformed quarter. The article documents how the Fountain was dismantled in 1787 and re-created the following year according to a new design, explaining why it was created in this form. Finally, the article considers what contemporary reactions to the remade Fountain reveal about attitudes toward the authenticity of urban monuments before the establishment of heritage institutions and societies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 12:00
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 00:56
DOI: 10.1017/S0963926816000791

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