'Fete of the Emperor', 1852-1870.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Fete of the Emperor', 1852-1870.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Printed woodcut from 'The Illustrated London News' showing the scene at the Champs Elysees in Paris during a fete held in honour of the French Emperor Napoleon III (1808-1873), who declared himself of President of the Second Republic in 1852. A balloon carrying a golden eagle with the letter 'N' underneath is seen ascending above the crowds. Balloons formed a prominent feature at the fetes of Paris, where they were used to celebrate important events of the Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire.

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