Walking along the streets in Paris, I always wish to push doors and gates to see what’s behind. Very often it’s not possible due to digital codes etc.. It’s of course understandable that people who live in the hidden courtyards and alleys wish to be left in peace, but... very often you can be - almost - as satisfied by taking a photo through a little opening, like here.
This was on Rue du Bac. I was luckier with another gate. I’m not giving the street number, as I’m not sure that I was officially admitted, but anyhow I managed to get in.
I found out that here was the home of Louis-Pierre Baltard (1764-1846), engraver and architect and the father of another architect, Victor Baltard (1805-74), the creator of the famous Baltard Pavilions (Les Halles) and also of the Saint Augustin Church.
This is also where the American-born, European-based, painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) resided now and then during the years 1892-1901. Maybe we should also remember that Whistler and Oscar Wilde were good friends at first, but that their friendship later broke down and that Whistler and his works obviously inspired Wilde when writing “The Picture of Dorian Gray” (1890).