Parisian Sights And French Principles; Seen Through American Spectacles by James Jackson Jarves

Parisian Sights And French Principles; Seen Through American Spectacles

byJames Jackson Jarves

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. SOMETHING CURIOUS FOR MORALISTS. The print-shops of Paris swarm with pictures of the most meretricious character, while books and engravings, of the vilest description, are widely though clandestinely circulated. The mind of youth is thus early poisoned through one of the least guarded avenues. In representing the human figure, whether in marble, painting, or engraving, the artist has it in his power to elevate the sentiments of the beholder by giving to his work the expression of what is most noble and pure in human nature. The galleries and museums abound with these elevating triumphs of art. But, unfortunately, interest finds a more profitable market in pandering to depravity. These pictures are of every class and design, but all more or less illustrative of sensuality. The semi-official organ has of late the following announcement, which if it be carried out to the utter exclusion from public view of every print of an exceptionable character, will be one important step toward guarding youth from contamination: "The authorities are about to take the severest measures to prevent the sale of obscene engravings and books, which are of so much injury to the public morals." This species of corruption has been doing its work for more than a century almost unheeded. From 1790 to 1793, the demagogues distributed among the people the most filthy and infamous caricatures against Louis XVI. and Marie Antoinette, indifferent to the effect upon the morals, so that they excited hatred toward the unhappy royal family. The public mind thus becoming familiarized with these productions, a morbid taste was created for whatever was most licentious in art. The shops in the Palais Royal and other fashionable quarters began to vie with each other in the product...

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Title:Parisian Sights And French Principles; Seen Through American SpectaclesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217530214

ISBN - 13:9780217530217

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