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Les aprêts du ballet (Getting ready for the ballet)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Les aprêts du ballet (Getting ready for the ballet)
  • Description

    Interior with women getting dressed; with names of producers but before all letter. c.1782
    Stipple engraving, on etched lines

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1782
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 332 millimetres (trimmed)
    • Width: 416 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with names of producers.
  • Curator's comments

    Advertised in 'Mercure de France', 26 March 1782.

  • Bibliography

    • Bocher 4.I bibliographic details
    • Le Blanc 4.I bibliographic details
  • Location

    French XVIIIc Unmounted Roy

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number



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