1830 to 1865: DISTINGUISHED DONORS

BALL AT THE JARDIN D’HIVER

Throughout the 19th century, and especially when need was greater in the revolution years of 1830 and 1848, the BCF relied heavily on large-scale fundraising events, concert and charity balls, including one attended by Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie in 1865, hosted by the British Ambassador in France.

In 1863 Charles Dickens gave three public readings from ‘Little Dombey’ and ’the Trial from Pickwick’ to packed audiences at the British Embassy Paris.  We were pleased to recreate those readings 150 years on with a special performance by Simon Callow in 2015 at the Embassy, possibly under the watchful – and we hope approving – eye of Charles Dickens’ ghost (of future past).

 

 

 

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