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  • Description

    A couple dancing in a park, after Watteau; the man, left, plays the castanets
    Wood-engraving printed on thin paper, laid onto sheet of thick paper

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  • Date

    • 1840-1862 (circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres (image size)
    • Width: 65 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed on block: 'Lavieille'.
  • Curator's comments

    Couple taken from composition known as 'Les Plaisirs du bal', see for instance print by Scotin for the recueil Jullienne, 1838,0526.1.114. The castanets player also appears in a different composition, 1874,0808.1955.

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  • Location

    French XIXc Unmounted Roy

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    Prints & Drawings

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