The panorama represents the century's history in politics, science, arts : from the French Revolution to modern times. Six hundred and forty one figures thus show the country's greatness by presenting its history.
As the State would not conserve the panorama, Gervex and Stevens decide to present it in several international exhibitions. It is finally fragmented in about sixty pieces divided between the participants, proportionally to their participation : the fragments are then signed by Stevens and Gervex.
Four replicas in smaller formats (151 x 320cm) are kept at the Royal Museums of Fine Art, Brussels.
Our fragment represents Barbedienne in profile, painter Charles Chaplin, politician Ménard-Dorian, sculptor Antonin Mercié with an elegant, musician Léo Délibes, politician and railroads promoter Léon Teisserenc, and high functionary Charles Laurent.
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