The 19th century in Brussels: 1887

In my research around the year 1887 I found the following interesting pieces:

In Brussels the Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (Royal Flemish Theatre) was founded in 1887, just after the construction of the building had been completed.

A statue to Field Marshall B. L. Montgomery can be found in the Brussels Square Montgomery (also famous because of its four-lane roundabout). Viscount Montgomery of Alamein (“Monty”) was born in 1887.

The Brussels daily newspaper “Le Soir” appeared for the first time on December 17, 1887. When reading about the history of this newspaper I was struck by the fact that it started as a free daily newspaper, though the newspaper was free only for those living on the ground floor.  People who lived in storeys had to pay Belgian Franc 0.60. Another interesting feature of “Le Soir” is that it was financed by advertising.

On January 4 1887 the “Moniteur Belge – Belgische Staatsblad”, the Belgian Official Journal, published the by-laws of the  ”Compagnie du Congo pour le Commerce et l’Industrie” (CCCI). Two years later this company set-up a subsidiary called “Compagnie du Chemin de Fer du Congo (CCFC)” that built the Matadi-Kinshasa railway. A memorial to one of the founders of the CCCI, Albert Thys, can be seen at the entrance of the Parc du Cinquantenaire – Jubelpark in Brussels.

1887 witnessed at least two arts exhibitions in Brussels. One was the government sponsored  Exposition Générale des Beaux‑arts, the other one was an exhibition, the 4th organised by “Les XX”, a group of twenty Belgian painters, designers and sculptors. The main theme of this exhibition was the Neo-Impressionism.

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