Il a débuté le 20. 7.bre 1753 par Crispin du Légataire [...]
A Paris chez Petit, rue du petit Pont, à l'Image N.D.
Rare engraving, sheet, 370 x 255mm (14½ x 10"). Trimmed inside platemark. Slight crease at top.
Pierre-Louis Dubus (1721-99), French comic actor known as simply 'Préville'. As the text on the print recounts, he joined the Comédie Francaise in 1753 in the role of Crispin in Jean-François Regnard's 'Le Légitaire Universel'. Admired by Louis XV and a friend of the greatest British actor of the day, David Garrick (who christened him 'enfant de la nature'), he created more than sixty roles during his time at the Comédie Francaise (1753-86). Portrayed here in decorative frame with symbols of the arts and scene from another play by Regnard, 'Les Folies Amoureuses'.
[Ref: 37957] £220.00