Nicodeme. [&] Babichon.
[French, n.d., c.1750s.]
Pair of etchings, each c.290 x 200mm. 11½ x 8". Several small filled holes.
Actor and actress dressed as characters from the Opéra Comique; in villagers' clothes, standing in a rural landscape. Opéra comique is a genre of French opera that contains spoken dialogue and arias. It emerged out of the tradition of popular opéra comiques en vaudevilles of the Fair Theatres of St Germain and St Laurent (and to a lesser extent the Comédie-Italienne), which combined popular tunes with spoken sections. Four columns of verse in French as spoken by the character beneath each image. After portrait painter Louis Vigée (French, 1715 - 1767). Vigee presented three small paintings representing characters from the Opéra Comique at the Académie de Saint-Luc in 1751.
Not in Harvard.
[Ref: 19868] £240.00