PARIS. Action de F500. yellow, black. # 1200. No 263. Fold with 2 repaired edge-splits. Vignettes of the arms of Paris, and a view of Jerusalem, beside the sea/lake/river. Note - there is no sea/lake/river beside the walls of Jerusalem, not now, not in the time of Herod. The panorama was on the Champs Elysées, at the Théâtre Marigny, from May 1888 to December 1890. It was then transferred to the Sacré Coeur, Paris, where it was shown from 1891 to 1894, and again from 1900 to 1907. The artist was Olivier Pichat, a painter of historical subjects and portraits, who died Paris 1912. He visited the Holy Land, and painted several panoramas of Holy Land themes, shown in Paris, London and Lourdes. He also painted one of the Battle of Tel-el-Kebir, also shown in London. He often owned the company showing his panorama, as in this case, where he has signed as administrateur. The panorama was a form of public entertainment, before the arrival of the cinema. Normally it took the form of a circular building, inside which the artist painted a canvas all-round the inside, with a panoramic painting of a view or a historical event, lit from above. The spectators sat on a terrace in the centre, to admire the picture all around and above them. There were many panoramas in many cities of Europe, USA and elsewhere, on a great variety of themes; but after the beginning of the 20th century, the panorama fell away, unable to compete with the new movies. Only a few still exist. Extremely rare.
Themes: JUDAICA, PHOTO & PANORAMA
Date: 25 May 1888
Startprice: € 300