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Moscow's Bolshoi Theater in distress1853 English publication illustrations of fire and damage

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 08:54 AM

the following scans show two engraving-style illustrations from an unknown English publication documenting a fire in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater.
wikipedia notes the following:
<< A fire in 1853 caused extensive damage; reconstruction was carried out by Alberto Cavos, son of Catterino Cavos, an opera composer.>>
(A. Cavos was also the designer of Petersburg's Maryinsky Theater, opened in 1860.)
such devastation often makes for dramatic graphic work.

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