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Cirque de Imperatrice Paris Benoist lithograph

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Paris - Cirque de L'Imperatrice


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Original antique topographical print


The 'Cirque de l'Imperatrice' was located on the north-east side of the present Rond-Point of the Champs-Elysees. At first called the Cirque national, it also became known as the Cirque des Champs-Elysees and the Cirque Olympique des Champs-Elysees. In 1853 it was renamed Cirque de l'Imperatrice (in honor of the new Empress Eugenie), a name which it retained until the fall of the empire in 1870. Initially devoted exclusively to equestrian performances, it was later also used for other purposes, including grand concerts conducted by Hector Berlioz. From a series of lithographs depicting the famous buildings of Paris - 'Paris dans sa Splendeur', published in Nantes and Paris by Henri Charpentier in 1861.

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artist Felix Benoist (1818-1896)
method Tinted lithograph
date 1861
size 235mm by 360mm (image) 340mm by 495mm (sheet)
SKU VW5078