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Administrative documents from the 19th century

When Paris became France’s administrative capital, a state of affairs that dates back to the time of Louis XIV, a host of regulations, decrees, laws and edicts that brought artistic life in the provinces into line with that of the capital were issued. Whether it concerned opera-houses in distant cities mounting productions of the repertoires of the Paris Opera and Opéra-Comique or satellites of the Paris Conservatory providing advanced instruction that conformed with official practises, administrations and national institutions intermeshed and complemented each other right across the country by virtue of an existing political apparatus whose intent was to create a unified school of artistic thought. In this section, you’ll find a variety of source materials relating to artistic activities of 19th-century France and re-directing to supplementary material on the same subject.

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