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Bastille Elephant Monument print

$20.00

Bastille Elephant Monument print

Bastille Elephant Monument print

Bastille Elephant Monument print

The Elephant of the Bastille was a monument in Paris which existed between 1813 and 1846. Originally conceived in 1808 by Napoleon, the colossal statue was intended to be created out of bronze and placed in the Place de la Bastille, but only a plaster full-scale model was built. At 24 m (78 ft) in height the model itself became a recognisable construction and was immortalised by Victor Hugo in his novel Les Misérables (1862) in which it is used as a shelter by the street urchin Gavroche. It was built at the site of the Bastille and although part of the original construction remains, the elephant itself was replaced a few years later by the July Column (1835-40) constructed on the same spot.

Napoleon planned many urban regeneration projects for Paris and was particularly fond of monuments to his victories. He wanted to create a significant triumphal structure to demonstrate his military prowess and began the process of designing a 24 m (78 ft bronze elephant. In the Imperial decree of 24 February 1811, he specified that the colossal bronze elephant be cast from the guns captured at the Battle of Friedland. A stairway would allow visitors to ascend one of the Bastille elephant’s legs to an observation platform on its back

Printed on 1880’s French Dictionary.

The aging, slightly yellowed pages are carefully removed from the binding, and the image is carefully printed directly on the recycled paper using vibrant colour inks.

Page Size 240mm x 155 mm / 6.5 x 9.5 inches.
Mount Opening 140 mm x 220mm / 5.5 x 8.75 inches.

Every print comes with a mat/mount which means the final product is 297mm x 210mm / 11.75 x 8.25 inches.

This fits perfectly into IKEA´s RIBBA frame A4 size.

The actual printed page you will receive will be selected from the same dictionary.

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