Early Edwardian Life Through the Lens of Émile Zola

Born 1840 in Paris, French novelist, playwright, journalist Émile Zola was also the best-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism, and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism.

Zola was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely accused and convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus, which is encapsulated in the renowned newspaper headline J’Accuse…! He was nominated for the first and second Nobel Prize in Literature in 1901 and 1902.

In addition, Zola was quite a talented photographer as well. A lot of the pictures in this set captured everyday life during the early Edwardian age, most of them were from the 1900 Exposition Universelle.

Zola died in 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney, aged 62.

Eiffel tower and the Palais d’Electricite
Electric tram in the 1900 exhibition
Emile Zola and the children on the steps of the Indo-Chinese Pavilion, Paris, 1900
Family portrait
Flying boat in front of the Tour du Monde panorama
From the tower
Gypsy girls
House in Upper Norwood near Queen’s Hotel
House near Queen’s Hotel
In Walton-on-Thames
Portrait of Jacques
Jacques with bicycle given to him by his father
Jeanne on a bicycle
Jeanne with opera glasses
Portrait of Jeanne
Metallurgy pavilion
Moving pavement
Mrs Zola in the Queen’s Hotel, Sydenham
Old Paris pavillion, and other pavillions
Open air cafe
Palace of Electricity
Paris at night
Place de Clichy
Place de Clichy
Place Prosper-Goubaux, Paris
Pont d’Iéna
Portrait of Denise
Portrait of Denise
Portrait of Denise
Portrait of Jeanne
Portrait of Jeanne
Portrait of Jeanne
Queen’s Hotel, Upper Norwood
Rendezvous
Saying goodbye to Jeanne
Self portrait with Alexandrine
Self portrait with dog
Self portrait with Jeanne
Self portrait with Jeanne
Self portrait
Self portrait
Street near Crystal Palace
The Devil’s Wheel at the Paris exhibition
The Zolas and Charpentiers in Medan
Trocadero from the Eiffel Tower
View over Medan from the terrace
Zola with his box
A young Roman
After lunch
After lunch
Boats on the Seine
Checking the developing fluid
Children playing
Crossroad in Paris
Denise and Jaques
Denise with bicycle that her father gave her

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