Paris, Palais Royal

Paris, The Gardens of the Palais Royal, steel engraving by Edward Goodall, after a drawing by Frederick Nash, signed, 1820. Collection: Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw [M/2915].


‘At the southern end of the rue Richelieu was the Palais Royal, built for Cardinal Richelieu in the seventeenth century and later home to Louis-Philippe […] After the Orléans family moved to the Tuileries in 1831, their former apartments housed foreign dignitaries but could be viewed by the public every Sunday […] The renowned Théâtre Français adjoined the palace on its southwest side. There Chopin spent many an evening’, including at plays by Dumas and Hugo. ‘Besides the Théâtre Français, the Palais Royal’s other attractions included its many shops, restaurants, and cafés […] the Palais Royal was a place where you ran into everybody—especially your creditors. Chopin also loved to shop and eat there. During his summers at George Sand’s chateau, he pestered friends in the city to pick up shirts, back-scratchers, and other items for him in its arcades. Among the palace’s restaurants were Véry, Véfour (still operating today) and Les Trois Frères Provenceaux, three of the city’s best gastronomical establishments with suitably astronomical prices’ [Atwood, The Parisian Worlds…].