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Le Bal masqué

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  • Title (object)

    • Le Bal masqué
  • Description

    The royal party, accompanied by armed body-guards, attempting to enter a crowded ballroom. 1788 Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1788
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 528 millimetres
    • Width: 400 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and production details
  • Curator's comments

    Late impression, bearing the blind stamp of the Chalcographie du Louvre. The print illustrates the festivities organised in 1782 to celebrate the birth of Louis Xavier François, Dauphin de France, three months earlier in 1781.

  • Bibliography

    • De Vinck 756 bibliographic details
  • Location

    History 1782 Portfolio

  • Subjects

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Birth of Louis, Dauphin of France, son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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