From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"As the three women stood there, taking leave of each other, the odour of the cheeses seemed to become more pestilential than ever. It was a cacophony of smells, ranging from the heavily oppressive odour of the Dutch cheeses and the Gruyeres to the alkaline pungency of the Olivets. From the Cantal, the Cheshire, and the goats’ milk cheeses there seemed to come a deep breath like the sound of a bassoon, amidst which the sharp, sudden whiffs of the Neufchatels, the Troyes, and the Mont d’Ors contributed short, detached notes. And then the different odours appeared to mingle one with another, the reek of the Limbourgs, the Port Saluts, the Geromes, the Marolles, the Livarots, and the Pont l’Eveques uniting in one general, overpowering stench sufficient to provoke asphyxia. And yet it almost seemed as though it were not the cheeses but the vile words of Madame Lecoeur and Mademoiselle Saget that diffused this awful odour." --Le Ventre de Paris (1873) by Émile Zola, translation by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly
1873 (MDCCCLXXIII) was the 73rd year of the 19th century, and the 4th year of the 1870s decade. As of the start of 1873, the Gregorian calendar was 12 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923.
Art and culture
- Les Amours jaunes by Tristan Corbière.
- New York Society for the Suppression of Vice founded
- Gustave Doré illustrates François Rabelais for the second time
- September 22 – James Clerk Maxwell delivers a discourse on molecules to the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Bradford
- Tannhäuser and Venus (1873) by Otto Knille
- September 8 - Alfred Jarry, French author and playwright (d. 1907)
- Henri Barbusse (1873 - 1935)
- E. J. Bellocq (1873-1949)
- April 4 - Élie Faure , French art historian and essayist. (d. 1937)
- Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 - 1873)
- Bénédict Morel (1809 - 1873)
- John Camden Hotten, English bibliophile (b. 1832)