A selection of images from the “Recueil sur exercices des Franconi au Cirque Olympique” which is in the collections of the BnF Gallica, the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Starting out as an equestrian theatre company in 1782 Paris, it was run by the Franconi family for decades. Closed in the 1860s.

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View 7. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f7.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi
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View 10. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2
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View 13. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2
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View 12. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p.r=Laurent%20Franconi?rk=85837;2

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View 18. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f18.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi
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View 28. 1807-1862. French. Source: gallica.bnf.fr. Collections of the BnF Gallica. In the public domain due to age. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f28.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi

Images of Henri Adolphe Franconi a circus performer who specialized in working with horses and from the circus he ran. Living from 1801 to 1855 he succeeded his father as managing director of the Cirque-Olympique at the age of 26 where he had a fatal heart attack in 1855.

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Female performer, recueil sur exercices des Franconi au Cirque Olympique. Early 19th c. Image © BnF Gallica/Bibliothèque nationale de France. Fair use license. via https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b53072808p/f1.item.r=Laurent%20Franconi
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Henri Adolphe Franconi. Scottish. 1844. Watercolor. Jemima Blackburn, artist (1823-1909). Image © National Portrait Gallery, London. Fair use license. via https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw09954/Henri-Adolphe-Franconi
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Franconi performing. No date. In the public domain due to age. via https://alchetron.com/Antonio-Franconi#antonio-franconi-68724e7b-aaa2-4103-8534-3c7e136875c-resize-750.jpeg
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Laurent Franconi performs in Paris. Standing on one leg on the back of his black horse, he canters around the outdoor ring. ca. 1805. In the public domain due to age. via https://fineartamerica.com/featured/laurent-franconi-performs-in-paris-mary-evans-picture-library.html