Garden Front of Palais Eynard, Geneva (Main View)

Jean-Gabriel Eynard

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
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With the fortune Jean-Gabriel Eynard acquired as a financier during the Napoleonic wars in the early 1800s, he and his wife built a splendid house in Geneva. Several architects contributed to its design, but Madame Eynard, a talented amateur artist, played an important part in determining its layout and decor. Completed in 1820, the house was backed by a modest garden, from which Eynard made this daguerreotype view of the garden front, its entrance shaded by a striped awning. The house now belongs to the city of Geneva, and its formal drawing rooms are now restored and used for receptions.


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