Adolphe-André Porée, cleric and historian

Adolphe-André Porée (also known as Chanoine Porée; 14 March 1848 in Bernay – 28 February 1939 in Saint-Aubin-d’Écrosville (département Eure) was a French archaeologist and historian. He was director of the learned society Société des antiquaires de Normandie, Corresponding Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and Corresponding Member of the old French Ministry of Education (Officier de l’Instruction Publique).


Porées father managed a dyeing manufactory in Bernay. Porée was very religious and became a priest at the age of 23. He became vicar at the collegiate church of Les Andelys in 1871, and parson of Bournainville-Faverolles in 1875. He stayed in this employment for 53 years. His days were devoted to his parish and his nights to archaeological studies. His main interest centered on churches in Eure, that have been sold during the First Empire (1804-1814), local notability and the consequences of the French Revolution (1789-1799). In addition he was archivist of the diocese. He undertook many voyages of archaeological research in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Italy from 1890 to 1892.

Hercule terrassant l'hydre de Lerne, von Puget (1622-1694) in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, public domain, because the author (Puget) died over 70 years ago


Porée, Abbé de La Balle and Gaston Le Breton discovered a long-lost statue of Pierre Puget (1622-1694) in the park of the castle Château de la Londe in Biéville-Beuville in 1882. This statue had been made for the castle of Le Vaudreuil. It depicts Heracles, killing the Lernaean Hydra. Today the statue is displayed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen.

The “Histoire de l’abbaye du Bec” is considered to be Porées most important book. He received the medal of the Légion d’honneur as a “Chevalier” in 1926.

Several streets bear his name, for example the Rue Chanoine Porée in Le Bec-Hellouin, Bournainville-Faverolles, Pont-Audemer and Bernay. A commemorative stele was erected on the cemetery of Bournainville in 1964. One room of the town hall (former rectory) of Bournainville was arranged as a Porée-museum in 2000.

Bibliography (selection)

Description du vitrail de Saint-Léger à Notre-Dame d’Andely, published by P. Bousrez in Tours 1877, Gallica

Guide historique et descriptif de l’étranger aux Andelys, published by Caron in Les Andelys 1879

Notice sur la seigneurie et le château du Blanc-Buisson, published by F. Le Blanc-Hardel in Caen 1884, Gallica

Guillaume de La Tremblaye, sculpteur et architecte, 1644-1715, published by F. Le Blanc-Hardel in Caen 1884 Gallica

L’Hercule terrassant l’hydre de Lerne de Puget, published by Vve A. Lefèvre in Bernay 1884, Gallica

Un peintre bernayen : Michel Hubert-Descours, 1707-1775, published by J. et A. Lefèvre in Bernay 1889, Gallica

Histoire de l’abbaye du Bec, published by Charles Herrissey in Évreux 1901,

Note sur Auguste Le Prévost et Charles Nodier published by L. Gy in Rouen 1903, in Gallica

References and further reading

Le Canton de Thiberville, son histoire, son patrimoine by Michel and Thérèse Mesnil, published by Imprim’eure in Conches-en-Ouche June 2003, page:42-46

Séance du 10 mars Volume 83 of the Comptes-rendus des séances de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres by Charles Picard, Number 2, Year 1939, page:152-156 in Persée

L’art normand by Adolphe-André Porée, published by S. Pestel in the collection électronique de la Médiathèque André Malraux de Lisieux

Hercule terrassant l’hydre de Lerne Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen

This article had been published by myself in the German Wikipedia (version of 18 July 2010). revision history, my user page.

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