Maisons-Laffitte by Almery Lobel-Riche




Almery Lobel-Riche

Ref GM211
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 17" x 23" (43 x 58 cm)
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This image was produced in the second decade of the 20th Century and refers to the famous Hippodrome at Maisons-Laffitte, which is a north western suburb of Paris and is a turf horseracing facility for thoroughbred flat racing. It was opened in 1878 by Joseph Oller who was inventor of the pari-mutuel machine. It sits on 92 hectares that belonged to the wealthy banker, Jacques Laffitte. There is also a Museum of the Racehorse in the nearby Château de Maisons-Laffitte. A number of the major French races are held at Maisons-Laffitte and it became a very popular place for the wealthy Parisians to visit as part of the social scene.