Intérieur du Cirque. Innere des fanconischen Circus, Paris.
Fisher, Son & Co. London_H. Mandeville, Paris. [n.d. c.1844.]
Hand-coloured engraving. 190 x 266mm. 7½ x 10½".
A view of horses elgantly parading and performing inside the ornate and very elegant Circus on the Champs Elysées, Paris. Antonio Franconi (1737-1836) was an Italian impresario considered the founder of the French circus. He became associated with Astley's Amphitheatre in Paris, and in 1793 he leased the theatre from Astley, renaming it the Amphithéâtre Franconi. He subsequently built the Cirque Olympique de Franconi, as seen here, management of which he transferred, in 1805, to his sons Henri and Laurent. His youngest son, Victor, established the first open-air hippodrome in Paris.
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