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Diableries: the Underworld of Habert and Hennetier - POSTPONED

tableaux showing life in Hell - The underworld created by Pierre Adolphe Hennetier and Louis Alfred Habert

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We hope to reschedule this event for later in the year and will be contacting all those who have purchased a ticket as soon as we can.

 

April | Tues 28 | 18:00
Tickets: £5

Diableries: the Underworld of Habert and Hennetier

Photo historian Denis Pellerin is back at Lit & Phil for the third time to take you on a spectacular 3-D trip through the Underworld of Habert and Hennetier! No skeletons will be harmed during the evening.

During the reign of Napoleon III (1852-1870) in Paris, France, a publisher of stereo cards - who bore several grudges against the Emperor and the régime - asked two modellers to create clay tableaux showing life in Hell. The underworld created by Pierre Adolphe Hennetier and Louis Alfred Habert is like no other. It is a mixture of the Christian Hell and of the Hades of the Greek, with some traits borrowed from Dante’s Inferno. But more than that it is actually a social and political satire of life in Paris at the time, with some religious bits thrown in as well as a lot of humour. Their Hell is Paris and, in some of the cards the three men cunningly managed to get past the censors, the Devil is none other than the Emperor himself. Around him are dozens of skeletons, demons and pretty maidens who seem to have a good time and can be seen playing cards, going to the theatre, watching horse races, travelling by train, or even ice-skating !

 

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