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51 Boulevard St Jacques

Boulevard St Jacques Paris

51 Boulevard St Jacques. A photograph taken at the time Ramsay shared a studio in this street. Number 51was demolished in 1983. It was a typical artists’ ghetto and the studio he shared with MacDonald was one of many on the top floor of a ramshackle wooden building. A single large room served as sitting room, studio, bedroom, and kitchen.

Amy Lambert remembered: “I would warn any student lodging in numero cinquante-et-un, if that crazy building still stands, for Hugh Ramsay was far from being the first, or last, to feel the fatal effects of its germ-laden air.”