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        The Premiers Gentilhommes theatre box, illustration from 'Les Illusions perdues' by Honore de Balzac, published 1842

        Nanteuil, Celestin Francois (1813-73) (after); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 1842. La loge des Premiers Gentilhommes; 'Lost Illusions' by Balzac (1799-1850); part of La Comedie Humaine; written between 1837 and 1843; part II, Un grand homme de province a Paris; Lucien de Rubempre hopes to make his mark as a poet in Paris; demi-mondaine; demi mondaine; Provenance: Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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