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Madme Vigano

  • Object type

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  • Title (object)

    • Madme Vigano
  • Description

    Portrait of the dancer on stage in a light diaphonous dress, pirouetting on one foot with both arms raised. 1790s?

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1790-1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 600 millimetres
    • Width: 440 millimetres (platemark)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title and 'A Vienne chez Artaria & Comp'. The names of the painter and mezzotinter have been taken out of the plate; faint remains are visible.
        Added in pencil in the margin, apparently by Charles Burney, 'Now Mrs Naldi'
  • Curator's comments

    The only recorded print of her that seems to match this plate is one by Pfeiffer after Dorffmeister. It has therefore been attributed to these two pending further clarification.

  • Location

    German XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio

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  • Acquisition name

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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