1863 is not an “easy” year.
Here is what I found:
First a plaque, in the Brussels municipality of Forest – Vorst, remembering the U.S born poet Stuart Merrill. In this post I have included a portrait of his wife, painted by Jean Delville, a Belgian symbolist artist.
I also found the signature of the Belgian sculptor Jean-André Laumans, displaying the year 1863, in the tympanum of the church of Saint-Boniface.
The year 1863 also appears in a the façade of a house where the name of Laeken – Laken, a suburb, and former municipality in the north-west of Brussels. In the façade the evolution in history of the name of the municipality can be seen. Laken is the last displayed name, together with the year 1863.
Memorial of Stuart Merrill in Forest
Portrait of Mrs Stuart Merril by Jean Delville
Detail of St Boniface church displaying 1863
St Boniface church
This year was also a “difficult” one. I did not find houses displaying the year 1864.
I found the year 1864 displayed in the information provided to tourists on the Berlaymont building, which houses the European Commission.
In 1864 the cemetery of Molenbeek was inaugurated as mentioned in the memorial at the entrance. In that cemetery Horta designed the burial monument of the Cresonnières family.
I would call this a meager harvest. I did not find a house with an architects signature displaying the year 1866. Perhaps readers could help finding one.
What I found is a memorial in a house in “Place des Barricades / Barricadenplein” where the French writer Victor Hugo lived from 1866 till 1871 (see my post on 1971).
Contrary to 1869 I found at least one façade displaying this year.
The reader will find in the gallery a picture of a building housing a marble workshop .Above the front door text “MARBRERIE G&H ALLARD Frs [Frères]” and “fondée en 1868” is dispalyed. Interesting is that the text and the surrounding decorative drawings and motifs is made up of a mosaic made of small tiles.
in this posts I also include pictures from the monument to Charles Rogier . He was Belgian statesman, liberal, revolutionary and free-mason. As you can see from the text where the year 1868 is displayed Charles Rogier promoted industrialisation and free trade.
Another interesting picture displaying the year 1868 is of a street sign with the name of Sergeant Henry De Bruyne, born in 1868, with a reference to Belgium’s colonial past.
Finally there is picture of the information sign at the “Bourse” building, indicating that construction work started in 1868 and was completed on 1874 (see also my post on 1874 where I have included a picture with the detail of the façade showing the year 1874).
Again, one “difficult” year: no pictures from houses displaying this year.
I only found memorials and plaques displaying the year 1869.
Here are the pictures I took.