Pièce en neuf Tableaux. 3e. Théatre du Cirque Olympique.
A Paris chez Ostervald ainé, quai des Augustins No 37. Rittner, boulevard Montmartre No 12. Hautecoeur Martinet, rue du coq. [c.1835]
Lithograph with hand-colouring, printed area approx 155 x 255mm (6 x 10"). Rare and fine.
One of a set of nine lithographs showing various scenes from a performance in Paris, as described in an 1835 article for the 'Southern Literary Messenger': 'Last night we witnessed the wonder of an Elephant acting a part in a play at the Cirque Olympique, a theatre of the same description as that of Astley's in London. The house was crowded almost to suffocation, and the docile and astonishing creature excited universal admiration by her performance. She is called "Mam'selle Dyjeck," is a native of the island of Ceylon, and was purchased from some Indian jugglers by Monsieur Huguet her present owner...The play was entitled "l'Elephant du roi de Siam," and was written expressly to exhibit the address and sagacity of M'lle Dyjeck, who really acted throughout as if she were a human being.'
[Ref: 39535] £260.00