BORN 25 Oct 1802, Paris - DIED 22 Jan 1879, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)
Joseph-Louis Duc was studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts under Charles Percier (1764-1838). He won the Prix de Rome in 1825 for a design for a city hall for Paris. He stayed at the Villa de Medici in Rome for three years. After he returned he decorated the Colonne de Juillet (the July Column) that was built from 1831 to 1840. Initially he assisted Jean-Antoine Alavoine, but he finished the project after Alavoine died in 1834.
After the column was finished in 1840 he became the architect for the Palais de Justice. He was also made a Knight of the Legion of Honor. He spent the rest of his life renovating the Palais de Justice. It was almost completed in 1871 when it was burned and partially destroyed during the Commune of Paris on 24 May 1871. He was elected into the Académie des beaux-arts in 1867 and died in 1879 in Paris.
Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
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