From: jacqualine labrom To: email@example.com Sent: March 13, 2001 2:13 PM Subject: Sotheby's search. 13th march
Hi Gilles - your message on the Corbett List about Louis-Edmond LaForestrie caught my eye as I had just been to a lecture by Gerald Alexis, the noted expert on Haitian artists. I called him up and asked him about it, and he said that he knows there are some of that family still around and he will try and get some information. Haven't heard yet but I'll call him again tomorrow to check. Meanwhile while I was reading 'Written in Blood' the name came up of course with Etienne Charles Laforestrie who was Haitian Minister in Paris somewhere between 1888 - 1911.
But it also mentioned the person who had designed the Haitian Gourde and that was a Léon Laforestrie, the Finance and Foreign Minister around 1880. So it doesn't look like it was the same person, but probably another relation. The reference in case you have the book is on Page 258 and the one to E C Laforestrie is on Page 283.
Hope this helps,. but I'll still keep trying Gerald about it.
Best regards Jacqualine Labrom
Quote from "Written in Blood" by Robert Debs Heinl
«On June 1 1880, Haiti adhered to the International postal Union and, by a statute of 7 october that year, authorized its first postage stamps, which like coins, were designed by Laforestrie and made in France»
There is an expert in Haitian postage stamps who has a website located at http://www.olypen.com/glb/http://www.olypen.com/glb/Maybe they could help.
Now I found an article about the Laforestrie family that was published in "Le Nouvelliste" # 6447 of 1920, an Haitian newpaper that still exists.The Bibliothèque of St-Louis de Gonzague, a roman catholic school in Port-au-Prince Haïti has the whole collection.I did not see the article (I'm in Montreal) but have a resume of it taken from a book called «Haiti a la Une», by Jean Desquiron, volume IV, page 205
The musician Charles Laforestrie (1832-1897) composed and "operette" called "Simone" that was performed in Paris. Léon Laforestrie, an engineer, built the old National Palace of Haiti that blew up in 1912, the present "Palais des Minsitères" in Port-au-Prince.Edmond, a sculpter, made a bust of Toussaint Louverture (one of the founding fathers), and designed President Slomon's coins.Arthur was a pedagogue. Henri won the "Croix de La légion d'honneur" in France during the war in 1870. Charles was a musician but was also Minister fo Finance under President Salomon and founder of Haiti's National Bank, then Haitian Minister in Paris.He is burried at the Montmartre cimetery in Paris.