Detail View: TJF Collection: Palais Royale

Component of: 
Charles Suddarth Kelly Collection: Thomas Jefferson in France
Description: 
"The Duc de Chartres, later Duc d'Orléans, and Philippe-Égalité, had recently turned the Palais Royal into a kind of permanent fair by closing in the garden with arcades full of restaurants, cafés, clubs, amusements, and luxury shops. From 1785 the Café Mécanique at No. 121 Galerie de Valois was a particular attraction for foreigners. It had no waiters; a system of dumb-waiters carried the orders from a lower floor up through the bases of the tables. The Palais Royal also housed the finest art collection in Paris at this time; it was dispersed in 1792". PTJ Memorandum, footnote 91, pp. 561-562. "One visitor to Paris at the time described the Palais Royal as " ' the capital of Paris'. 'There', he wrote, 'you can see everything, hear everything, learn everything...There is no spot in the world comparable to it...' During his sojourn in Paris Jefferson returned many times to the Palais Royal, enjoying it as an ornament' while appreciating it as a convenience. Jefferson occasionally bought books here,,ivory knives [and] a pendule. Upon still another occasion Jefferson 'paid for dinner at Palais Royal 24 F ... In addition to the restaurants, the Palais Royal's 'assemblage of delights' included such attractions as the Theatre de Beaujolais, where marionettes and child-actors performed, Curtius's wax-works, as well as the theatre known as Les Varietes". Rice, TJ's Paris, p. 16
Creation date: 
1990-10-16
Creator: 
Kelly, Charles Suddarth
Rights owner: 
Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello
Rights: 
Use only with permission
Department: 
Jefferson Library
Image or work: 
image
Original analog format: 
Positive transparent film
Parent file name: 
JLKellybatch8-0033
Parent file format: 
tiff
Parent file dimension: 
3184
Parent file size: 
40.34 MB
Title: 
Palais Royale
What: 
ARCHITECTURE
What: 
ARCHITECTURE -- Other Architects' Work related to Jefferson
Where: 
PLACES
Where: 
PLACES -- France - Paris
Groups: 
Jefferson Library: Charles Suddarth Kelly Collection: Thomas Jefferson in France: Paris & Environs