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[DANCE - 18th Century Ballet] Rowlandson, Thomas 1757-1827
The Prospect Before Us [No. 2] Respectfully dedicated to those Singers, Dancers and Musical Professors who are fortunately engaged with the proprietor of the King's Theatre at the Pantheon." Fine large hand- coloured etching
[London] Pubd. As the Act directs Jany. 13, 1791 by S.W. Fores Piccadilly. The print depicts the dancers Charles-Louis Didelot (1767-1837) and Mlle. Theodore performing in d'Auberval's ballet "Amphion and Thalia" at the King's Theatre at the Pantheon on Oxford Street in London. The orchestra is being led by O'Reilly. The orientation of the print is outward from the rear of the stage showing the dancers, the orchestra, the audience, and the interior of the theatre. 371 x 521 mm. Some creasing and minor paper repair; old mounting tape affixed to upper edge. A fine impression on laid paper.. BM Satires 8008. Grego: Rowlandson the Caricaturist, p. 286. Smith: The Italian Opera and Contemporary Ballet in London 1789-1820, 38. Rare. The King's Theatre was the most important performing space for ballet in England in the late 18th century (it opened in 1772) until it burned down in 1792. An attractive image by the noted English artist and caricaturist.
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