Vegetarian diets

Art Against Vivisection

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A French postcard in our Ernest Bell Library – from  Victor Hugo,  Alphonse Karr, Paul Viguier……… – inviting folk to their ‘last Tuesday in every month’ afternoon meetings of the – ‘Société Française contre la Vivisection’ – in Paris.

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Drawn by the artist / illustrator Laurent Lucien Gsell – who was a nephew of the animal vivisector Louis Pasteur.

It's wonderful that Laurent Gsell was opposed to the vivisection of animals!

The card is undated – it's an 1890s ‘feel’ to it.

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SOCIÉTÉ FRANÇAISE CONTRE LA VIVISECTION ET CONTRE TOUTES TORTURES INFLIGÉES AUX ANIMAUX.

Fondée à Paris le 8 Mai 1882 par Victor Hugo, Alphonse Karr, Paul Viguier.

Réunions à Paris le quatrième Mardi à 4 heures et demi. PARIS 26 Rue de Châteaudun.

BUT: Provoquer par tous les moyens légaux, un mouvement capable d’éclairer les Pouvoirs Publics sur les dangers que la pratique de la Vivisection fait courir au progrès des mœurs nationales. Faire créer des hôpitaux, des laboratoires de physiologie sans Vivisection et contre la Vivisection. Récompenser les découvertes, cours, conférences, poèmes prouvant l’inutilité scientifique de la Vivisection. Obtenir des pouvoirs publics la meilleure législation possible contre la Vivisection et toutes les cruautés envers les bêtes. Combattre l’élevage inutile.

COTISATION DE MEMBRE TITULAIRE: 5 Francs par an.

FRENCH SOCIETY AGAINST VIVISECTION AND TORTURE INFLICTED ON ALL ANIMALS.

Founded in Paris May 8, 1882 by Victor Hugo, Alphonse Karr, Paul Viguier.

Meetings in Paris on the fourth Tuesday (of each month) at 4:03 p.m. PARIS – 26 Rue de Châteaudun.

GOAL: To induce by all legal means, a movement capable of illuminating the Public Authorities (Local / National Government) on the dangers that the practice of Vivisection poses to the progress of our national manners. To establish hospitals, laboratories which are without and against Vivisection. Rewarding discoveries, courses, lectures, poetry proving the scientific uselessness of Vivisection. Getting the best possible Public Authority (Local / National Government) legislation against Vivisection and all cruelty to animals. Fighting unnecessary breeding of animals.

PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP: 5 Francs per year…

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This postcard &. A copy of the leaflets referred to here, are in the collection of the The Ernest Bell Library. High resolution images can be sent out on request.

The French – British – American anti-vivisection groups cooperated very closely with each other – sharing information – sharing artwork. See here for more info.

Ernest Bell wrote a paper in 1893 about Pasteur’s abuse of animals &. His fictitious cures – ‘Pasteur’s Statistics’ – by Ernest Bell – 8 pages – ‘Victoria Street Society for the Protection of Animals from Vivisection’, united with the ‘International Association for the Total Suppression of Vivisection’. Ernest Bell’s leaflet was mentioned in an 1894 newspaper article – here.

Ernest Bell also wrote ‘The Stealthy Advance of Vivisection – in 1887 – read it online – here. In the last few pages of the same booklet you can find Alphonse Karr &. Paul Viguier listed as ‘Honorary Members’ of the ‘Victoria Street Society……..’.

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The ‘Société Française contre la Vivisection’ was founded in 1882. Wiki.

~ In 1882, the Popular League against Vivisection is created, the Honorary Chairman Victor Hugo was Chairman and writer Alphonse Karr. ~

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~ Laurent Gsell – , born 19 November 1860 in Paris and died in Paris in 1944, was a French painter and illustrator. Wiki.

He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he was a pupil of Caspar Gsell (his father) and Alexandre Cabanel.

He exhibited at the Salon of the Society of French Artists in 1880. Participated in the 1889 Exhibition. In 1909 he moved to the National Society of Fine Arts.

He was the nephew of Louis Pasteur. Painted various scenes depicting the work of the Institut Pasteur.

He attended Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, the Rousseau. Most of the impressionists and post-impressionists.

He painted both elegant Parisian high society. Dances and carnivals. He left his many travels tables describing the Nièvre, Creuse, the Riviera, the Azores, San Remo. Even Buenos Aires, where General Gallieni had sent him on a mission. He was appointed painter of the Navy in 1911.

He became famous for his genre scenes and colorful impressionist landscapes. Great traveler, he painted in many provinces of France. Especially the region of Dieppe and the Pays de Caux and the Provence and the Côte d’Azur, where he realized views of ports and marine. (Dictionary of Bénézit) He also painted landscapes and scenes of North Africa, Mali and Argentina. ~

~ Laurent Lucien Gsell (1860 – 1944) – from here.
French painter of landscapes, coastal and beach scenes. He studied under Caspar Gsell and Cabanel at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He exhibited at the Societé des Artistes Francais and the Salon de la Société Nationale, showing mostly portraits and genre subjects. Also views of the Sudan and the Azores.

The museum at Vannes has an example of his work entitled The Laboratory of Pasteur, painted in 1886.

Gsell was a member of the Society of French Artists from 1893 onwards. ~

See the painting here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/92600277@N02/10628283304/

Lucien LAURENT-GSELL (neveu de Louis Pasteur)
(Paris, 1860 – Paris, 1944)
Le laboratoire de Pasteur
avant 1887
Huile sur toile
VANNES Musée de la Cohue 

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Our Projects

The Henry Salt Archive is one of our, almost completed, projects.

The Humanitarian League is our Hong Kong registered charity.

The Ernest Bell Library’s – is still strong &. Very active eighty years later –  its primary objectives are to: –

  • Collect all of Ernest Bell’s book &. Non-book works and make them easily accessible to everyone.

  • Collect the literature of vegetarianism and all the other humanitarian movements in which Ernest Bell was so deeply involved.

  • Assist students and scholars in their research.

  • Introduce all aspects of Ernest Bell’s life, including his writings, campaign work, influences and his circle of friends.

  • Undertake our own research into missing aspects of Ernest Bell’s life and work.

We already have more than 300 pieces of Ernest Bell’s own writings.

We're also actively building a collection of examples of promotional material, campaign material, fundraising &. Marketing activities etc. – related to: –

  1. veg(etari)an products.

  2. veg(etari)an books &. Other publications.

  3. veg(etari)an organisations.

  4. veg(etari)an businesses.

  5. animal rights organisations.

  6. animal rights publications.

  7. humanitarian organisations.

  8. humanitarian publications.

  9. rambling clubs run by members of the above groups &. Related publications.

  10. the work of Richard St. Barbe Baker &. The ‘Men of the Trees’ organization &. Its many sub-branches.

There are currently more than 2,400 items in the Ernest Bell Library.

We'll complete the cataloging of the collection as &. When adequate funds are available.

It's long past time for the library to go online!

 “I've little doubt that the proposal for the establishment of an Ernest Bell Library, which would specialize in humanitarian and progressive literature, and so form a sort of center for students, will meet with a wide response.” 

Henry S. Salt – writing in September 1934

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