A Civic Utopia: Exemplum

Exemplum shows the dissemination of this civic language and its aspirations as they moved from the academy to the ground, and from regional capitals to the provincial town, in a selection of public building projects developed in the early 1830s by a recent graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts for the small Burgundian city of Macon.

Paul Piot, Macon Abbatoir design, DM 2268.1 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Paul Piot (1808–1864), Plans for the Abbatoir and Boucherie at Macon: plan, elevations and perspective, c. 1828 – 1840. Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on watermarked wove paper, 630 × 435 mm. Drawing Matter Collections

Born in the small Burgundian town of Mâcon and trained in Paris, Paul Piot returned to his native city to design most of its public buildings in accord with tenets of the Ecole des beaux-arts. Abattoirs (slaughterhouses) were key programmes for local authorities seeking to demonstrate their public concern for hygiene and food supply, often consolidating these messy and unhealthy processes at sites on the perimeter of the city. Here, Piot artfully separates the different animal species and spaces according to function: holding stations, slaughtering room, processing factory and administration. – BB

Paul Piot, Palais de Justice and prison, 1833 DM 2266.7 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Paul Piot (1808–1864), Palais de Justice and Prison: side elevation, 1833. Pen, ink and wash on wove paper, 225 × 440 mm. Drawing Matter Collections

Paul Piot, Palais de Justice and prison, section, 1833 DM 2266.6 IN SET – Drawing Matter

Paul Piot (1808–1864), Palais de Justice and Prison: section, 1833. Pen, ink and wash on wove paper, 225 × 445 mm. Drawing Matter Collections