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
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.
This posts on the year 1930 concerns pictures related to history.
In some of the pictures readers acquainted with Belgian history will recognise Baudouin, King of the Belgians, in a familiar demeanor: waking, with hands clasped behind, and head slightly down. I found that this monument captures very well the personality of Baudouin, who in the last years of his life seemed worried about a number of things, perhaps most about the future existence of his country. The monument’s floor stone displays his birth year: 1930
The other interesting historical person appearing in the gallery is Felix Hap. As mentioned in the memorial he was the founder and the leader of catholic charitable works in Etterbeek. He promoted a sizable number of institutions and bodies (e.g. schools, mutual health insurance schemes, workers corporations) in Etterbeek and in the Brussels area. He even renounced to be appointed mayor of Etterbeek because he wanted to devoted himself to this charitable activities. He died in 1930.
An interesting feature of his legacy is the park “Jean-Félix Hap”, located in the commune of Etterbeek. This park is made of of the garden of the Hap’s family house. It is a nice green spot in Brussels, close to the EU area.
For those interested to know more about the park and the Hap’s family: I found these two detailed studies in the website of the commune of Etterbeek.
The remaining picture showing a series of years is taken from the memorial to Charles de Broqueville. From 1926 to 1930 he was Belgium’s Minister of Defence.