France Meets Philadelphia

Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan
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HC: $40.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-1712-1
Publication: Nov 20

416 pages
7 x 10
169 color photos, 2 halftones, 1 maps

Chronicling the French presence and impact on Philadelphia through its art and artists, as well as through the city’s political and social culture


One highly visible example of French influence on the city of Philadelphia is the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modeled on the Champs-Élysées. In Salut!, Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan trace the fruitful, three-centuries-long relationship between the City of Brotherly Love and France. This detailed volume illustrates the effect of Huguenots settling in Philadelphia and 18-year-old William Penn visiting Paris, all the way up through more recent cultural offerings that have helped make the city the distinctive urban center it is today.

Salut! provides a magnifique history of Philadelphia seen through a particular cultural lens. The authors chronicle the French influence during colonial and revolutionary times. They highlight the contributions of nineteenth-century French philanthropists, such as Stephen Girard and the Dupont family. And they showcase the city’s vibrant visual arts community featuring works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Barnes Foundation, and the Joan of Arc sculpture, as well as studies of artists Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. There is also a profile of renowned Le Bec-Fin chef Georges Perrier, who made Philadelphia a renowned culinary destination in the twentieth century.

With lavish illustrations and enthusiastic text, Salut! celebrates a potpourri of all things French in the Philadelphia region.

About the Author(s)

Lynn Miller is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Temple University. He is the author of, among other works, Global Order: Values and Power in International Politics and Crossing the Line (a novel), Postcards from Delphi (a memoir), and the co-author (with James McClelland) of City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System (Temple).

Therese Dolan is Professor Emerita of Art History at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She is the author of Manet, Wagner, and the Musical Culture of Their Time and Inventing Reality: The Paintings of John Moore, and the editor of Perspectives on Manet.