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The Opera House

Jacques-Philippe Le Bas (French, 1707–1783)
On November 1, 1755, a severe earthquake struck Lisbon, killing more than thirty thousand people. Most of the city's buildings were decimated; structures not damaged by the earthquake were destroyed by fire. This print is from a series showing the ruins of prominent landmarks in Lisbon-churches, palaces, and the recently built opera house, one of the most lavish in Europe. Based on drawings made in Lisbon by local artists, the series is considered one of the most accurate depictions of the disaster's devastation.

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