"Beaumarchais Statue" Paris Favorite Tip by pieter_jan_v

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  Beaumarchais Statue - Paris
by pieter_jan_v

Favorite thing: The statue of Pierre Beaumarchais is located in Parc Saint Antoine, a tiny triangle just West of Place de la Bastille. The sculpture of the statue is Louis Clausade.

Pierre was a man of many talents as he was a watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, arms dealer, financier and revolutionary.

He lived from 1732 to 1799.

Hew as born as Pierre-Augustin Caron, but changed his name after his marriage with Madeleine-Catherine Aubertin in 1756. Sadly she died a lear later leaving her man with many debts. Luckely he bacame the harp teachers of Louis XV's four daughters and gained more royal access.

In 1759 Pierre met Joseph Paris Duverney, who bwould became an important business partner. In 1764 and 1765 he went to Spain and made some nice deals, but it did not bring him much profits.

When he returned to France he concedntrate more an plays and he became famous for his Figaro performances. In 1768 he married Geneviève-Madeleine Lévêque who died two years later.

When his business partner Duverney died in 1770, Pierre was taken to court over the next four years about some leftover debts.

In 1778 Pierre played a big role in arms delivery for the American revolution.

In 1786 he married Marie-Thérèse de Willer-Mawlaz after living with her for twelve years before.

In 1755 Beaumarchais met with Madeleine-Catherine Aubertin and married her the following year. She helped Beaumarchais secure a royal office and he gave up watchmaking. Shortly after his marriage he adopted the name "Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais

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  • Written Oct 15, 2011
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