[Diorama d’un Steeple-Chase]
[Haguenthal, Imprimeur-Éditeur à Pont-à-Mousson (Meurthe)]
Accordion-folding peepshow with four cut-out panels. The front-face measures 140 x 190 mm. Peepshow extend, by paper bellows (l. and r.) to approximately 430 mm.
Peepshow of a steeple-chase. It has the standard front-face of Haguenthal peepshows with horizontal dimensions (see p.[…]).
The first cut-out panel consists of a picturesque view of a mountain stream and pool. The second shows people returning from the event with people sitting on a terrace on the left and spectators near a pavilion watching the event on the right. The third shows horsemen leaping over a low fence, with spectators in rural scenery on left and right. On the fourth horsemen leap over a low hedge, spectators standing outside a house on the left and a windmill on the right. The fourth cut-out panel shows spectators on an architectural vantage-point on left and in rural scenery on right. The back-scene shows the conclusion of the race in a town [identify].
What is depicted is a cross-country steeple chase, not uncommon in France. The first French steeple-chase was run at Saint-Germaine-en-Laye in 1829. The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris would be run for the first time at Auteuil, Bois de Boulogne on 25 May 1874.
This copy represents a self-assembled copy of the peepshow. On the reverse are pasted Haguenthal’s instructions for self-assembly. Of the eight peepshows issued for self-assembly ‘Diorama d’un Steeple-Chase’ was No. 6.
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