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Visit Some of History’s Most Famous Literary Salons

This morning, we spotted a few gorgeous photographs of Coco Chanel’s book-filled salon over at Book Patrol, and it got us to thinking about that much-romanticized, often revived tradition of thinkers from centuries past: the literary salon. For your daydreaming pleasure, we’ve collected a few paintings and photographs of famous literary salons from the 1600s to the 1970s.

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Coco Channel’s arts and literary salon. See more images at Book Patrol.

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Natalie Clifford Barney’s famous literary salon at 20 rue Jacob, Paris. Photos via.

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A 1755 reading of Voltaire’s The Orphan of China: A Tragedy at Madame Geoffrin’s famed Paris literary salon, immortalized by Anicet Charles Gabriel Lemonnier in 1812. Image via.

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François Hippolythe Debon’s 1863 painting of Antoine Godeau reading at Madame de Rambouillet’s literary salon at the Hôtel de Rambouillet. Image via.

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Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas in their legendary Paris salon. Photo via.

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Molière reading Tartuffe at the literary salon of Anne “Ninon” de Lenclos in the 1660s, as depicted by Nicolas-André Monsiau in 1802. Image via.

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Barbara Deming, Erika Duncan, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Orenstein at a New York Women’s Salon in the ’70s. Photo via.

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Henri Fantin-Latour’s By the Table, one of the four large group portraits the artist painted of his contemporaries at Parisian salons in the late 1800s. In this one, depicting a salon in 1872, Verlaine and Rimbaud are hanging out on the left. Image via.

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