The photographs, drawings, and narrative come from a sketch diary belonging to artist Russell Vapors, which covers his trip to Paris in July 1992, at the age of 24. View Part 1, if you haven't seen it yet.
7/14/92: After getting settled into my room at Hotel de la Paix, I was very excited to hit the streets and start exploring Paris! One of my first stops was the Hotel des Invalides (pictured above), which is like an "army museum" relating to the military history of France.
Artsology Editor's Note: there's not much narration by Russell Vapors in this part of the sketch diary, so we will mention his hand-written notes that surround the drawings made at the Hotel des Invalides, as seen below. Below left, clockwise from left: "Premier Age du Fer" battle helmet; a helmet from the 16th Century; Japanese helmet from the Asiatic Wing.
(captions from additional drawings made at the Hotel des Invalides, below right: "upstairs in the Army Museum they had more recent war memorabilia, including a 1942 edition of 'Mein Kampf;' Napoleon's Tomb was spectacular; a WWII gas mask; and a note stating "Ingres's portrait of Napoleon from 1806 seen at the Army Museum).
Drawings by Russell Vapors made at the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.
Drawings made at the Hotel des Invalides from the sketch diary of artist Russell Vapors.
Photograph of the Tomb of Napoleon at the Hotel des Invalides
Stained glass window near the Tomb of Napoleon at the Hotel des Invalides
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