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PAUL BERTHIER

Paul Berthier
( Paris, 1822 - Paris,1912 )

Author : Paul Berthier
Size 10.24 X 7.10 Inches

Portrait of Alphonse de Lamartine
Albuminum print,sticked on cartoon at about around 1865

Below the photograph is registered "photographié
par Paul Berthier quai malaquais 15, Paris"
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Born in Macon in 1790, poet and politician, Alphonse Marie Louise de Lamartine will remain one of the great,if not the greatest, lyric poet of the century.
Never has somebody so deeply expressed the inmost feelings of the soul.
His first lyric book, named the" Meditations poètiques" brought him a huge celebrity and the young generation of romantic poets admitted him as the master.
Lamartine was elected at the french academy in 1829.

In 1821, he entered the diplomatic service in Naples, then became secretary in the London Ambassy.
In 1830,he received the charge of chargé d'affaires in Italy (Tuscany). Then plenipotentiary Ministere in Greece, Lamartine resigned when the king Louis-Philippe acced to the throne.
On february 24th, 1848 he played a great part in the resolutions taken in the Chamber of Deputies when a temporary government was elected.
In this government, Lamartine was Ministry of the Foreign Office, but his popularity fell rapidly because of the repressive measures. His bitter defaet at the presidential elections on december 10th, 1848,stopped his politic career. Broken and debt,Lamartine wrote autobiographic essays to pay his debts ( les Confidences,1849 - Graziella 1852).

The whole distress of the poet can be seen in his glance on this picture taken by Paul Berthier about 1865. lamartine died in a complete lack of interest on february the 28th, 1869, victim of an apoplectic stoke.

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