April 30, 2012

Parisian Houses in 1610


An engraving showing a street in Paris in 1610. The subject is the assassination of Henri IV, king of France. Photo from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Assassination_of_Henry_IV_%28Henry_IV,_King_of_France;_Fran%C3%A7ois_Ravaillac%29_by_Gaspar_Bouttats.jpg

Are you surprised to see the Dutch influence on these houses in Paris?

The old houses such as these were all destroyed to make way for new buildings, part of the plans to create the most beautiful city in the world. Of course it was not done all in one fell swoop. A couple of Napoleons, war, fire and of course decay all played a part. Oh well and who is to say it was not well worth the results? It is certainly a more liveable and elegant city compared to having winding streets of crumbling buildings.

The Dutch style was also an influence on the brick houses of Elizabethan England in the same historic period.
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