Alexandre LaBorde

Alexandre LaBorde (French 1773-1942Alexandre LaBorde (French 1773-1842)

Comte Louis-Joseph-Alexandre de Laborde was a French antiquary, liberal politician and writer, a member of the Academie des Sciences morales et politiques, under the rubric political economy. 

Aside from his examplary military service during his whole career, Laborde conceived the project of compiling a complete inventory of the archaeological heritage of France and obtained from the Minister of the Interior, the comte de Montalivet, permission to circulate a request for collaboration among the prefects of departements: the initiative was fruitless in the face of official apathy, both during the Empire and under the Restoration, but it served as a precedent for the appointment in 1834 of Prosper Merimee as inspector-general of historical monuments.

Laborde was called to the Institut de France on 29 January 1813, being made an officer of the Legion d honneur the same year. His luxurious publication seriously undermined his finances, but he remained a figure of high society of the Empire, an intimate of  Queen Hortense and perhaps the ghostwriter of romances that appeared under her name, such as Le Bon Chevalier.

Major works:

A mere list of Labordes publications is an indication of the range of his interests, above all the works that diffused in Europe a realistic view of picturesque Spain, suffused with the interpretations of Romanticism. His topographic itinerary Itineraire descriptif de l L Espagne proved unexpectedly useful in Napoleons invasion of Spain.

  • Description d un pave en mosaique decouvert dans lancienne ville dItalica (1802)
  • Description des nouveaux jardins de la France et de ses anciens chateaux (1803–1815)
  • Lettres sur les sons harmoniques de la harpe (1806)
  • Voyage historique et pittoresque en Espagne (4 volumes, 1807)
  • Discours sur la vie e la campagne (1808)
  • Itineraire descriptif de lEspagne (5 vol., 1808; second edition in 1809)
  • Voyage pittoresque en Autriche (3 volumes, 1809)
  • Des aristocraties representatives (1814)
  • De la representation veritable de la communaute(1815)
  • Les monuments de la France, classes chronologiquement (1816–1826)
  • Projets d’embellissement de Paris (1816)
  • Quarante-huit heures de garde aux Tuileries, pendant les journées des 19 et 20 mars 1815. Par un grenadier de la Garde Nationale (1816)
  • Plan d’education pour les enfants pauvres (1819)
  • Aperçu de la situation financiere de lEspagne (1823)
  • Precis historique de la guerre entre la France et lAutriche en 1809 (1823)
  • Collection de vases grecs expliquee (2 volumes, 1824–1828)
  • Au roi et aux chambres, sur la question dAlger (1830)
  • Paris municipe ou tableau de ladministration de la ville de Paris (1833)
  • Versailles, ancien et moderne (1830–1840)

 Works

Pave en Mosaique Plate XVI×

Engraving
19.5 x 14 inch
49.5 x 35.6 cm
Pave en Mosaique Plate XI×

Engraving
20.5 x 14.25 inch
52.1 x 36.2 cm
Pave en Mosaique Plate VIII×

Engraving
13.5 x 17.75 inch
34.3 x 45.1 cm