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Moscow's Bolshoi Theater in distress

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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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