Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Early Edwardian Life Through the Lens of Émile Zola


Born 1840 in Paris, French novelist, playwright, journalist Émile Zola was also the best-known 

practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the 

development of theatrical naturalism.

Zola was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of 

the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the 

renowned newspaper headline J'Accuse…! He was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize 

in Literature in 1901 and 1902.

In addition, Zola was quite a talented photographer as well. A lot of the pictures in this set 

captured everyday life during the early Edwardian age, most of them were from the 1900 

Exposition Universelle.

Zola died in 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney, 

aged 62.

Eiffel tower and the Palais d'Electricite.

Electric tram in the 1900 exhibition.

Emile Zola and the children on the steps of the Indo-Chinese Pavilion, Paris, 1900.

Family portrait.

Flying boat in front of the Tour du Monde panorama.

\From the tower.

Gypsy girls.

House in Upper Norwood near Queen's Hotel.

House near Queen's Hotel.

In Walton-on-Thames.

Portrait of Jacques.

Jacques with bicycle given to him by his father.

Jeanne on a bicycle.

Jeanne with opera glasses.

Portrait of Jeanne.

Metallurgy pavilion.

Moving pavement.

Mrs Zola in the Queen's Hotel, Sydenham.

Old Paris pavillion, and other pavillions.

Open air cafe.

Palace of Electricity.

Paris at night.

Place de Clichy.

Place de Clichy.

Place Prosper-Goubaux, Paris.

Pont d'Iéna

Portrait of Denise.

Portrait of Denise.

Portrait of Denise.

Portrait of Jeanne.

Portrait of Jeanne.

Portrait of Jeanne.

 Queen's Hotel, Upper Norwood


Saying goodbye to Jeanne.

Self portrait with Alexandrine.

Self portrait with dog.

Self portrait with Jeanne.

Self portrait with Jeanne.

Self portrait

Self portrait

 Street near Crystal Palace.

The Devil's Wheel at the Paris exhibition.

The Zolas and Charpentiers in Medan.

Trocadero from the Eiffel Tower.

 View over Medan from the terrace.

Zola with his box.

A young Roman

After lunch

After lunch

Boats on the Seine

Checking the developing fluid.

Children playing

Crossroad in Paris

Denise and Jaques

Denise with bicycle that her father gave her.

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