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Italian theater prints, circa 1550-1983

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Finding aid for the Italian theater prints, ca. 1550-1983
Series IV. Commedia dell'arte, ca. 1560-ca. 1954 9 boxes, 16 flat file folders 295 prints, 1 pamphlet, 1 score, 16 cutouts
Series IV.B. Performances, ca. 1630-1909 2 boxes, 6 flat file folders 65 prints, 1 score
The subseries comprises representations of performances of ballets and plays staged as part of court celebrations. Also featured are street performances during carnival and civic processions. The subseries illustrates the range of settings for commedia dell'arte performances and the range of activities enacted by commedia dell'arte actors, including acrobatics. Musical compositions that use the commedia dell'arte as a source of inspiration have also been included in this subseries. The subseries is organized by theme: acrobatics, plays, ballets, and pantomimes, street entertainment, musical compositions, and chronologically within each theme.
Acrobatics
Box Folder
16* 1 Aardige versaameling van koorde-danssers, springers en postuurmaakers Xavery, Gerard Jozeph, designer Schenk, Peter, publisher te Amsterdam : By Petrus Schenk … [17--] 16 prints : etching. Pl. 16.5 x 24.4; Sh. 22.5 x 31.2
Complete suite comprised of a title leaf and 15 etchings showing danseurs de cordes, tightrope acrobats, and acrobats performing somersaults, handstands, and acts of levitation. Several performers are dressed as commedia dell'arte characters. Ref.: Hollstein, vol. XXV, p. 303
Plays, ballets, and pantomimes
Box Folder
16* 2 Io son el capitan Escarbonbardon de la papirotondo Saint-Igny, Jean de, publisher A Paris : Chez I. de St. Igny, faubour St. German pres la porte de busy à lenseigne du Grand Turc [16--] 1 print : etching, engraving. Im. 11.2 x 14.1; Pl. 12.8 x 14.5
The close-up view of the busts of women and men in front of a scroll is inscribed: Io Son el Capitan Escarbonbardon … It possibly is the announcement of a commedia dell'arte play in which the Captain features.
16* 3 [Commedia dell'arte scene] [16--] 1 print : etching. Sh. 24.4 x 31.5; Mt. 27 x 39
Commedia dell'arte characters and other figures are shown in a landscape setting.
16* 4 La baguette de Vvlcain A Paris : Chez le Roux place aux Veaux au bout du pont Marie a ljmage Ste. Geneuieue auec priuilege du Roy [16--] 1 print : etching, engraving. Pl. 30.7 x 20.5; Sh. 35.8 x 23.8
The scene from Jean-François Regnard and Charles de la Rivière Dufresny's play La baguette de Vulcain (1693) features several commedia dell'arte characters, including Columbine, Harlequin, Marinette, and Pierrot.
16* 5 L'amour triomphant par les intrigues d'Harlequins. Pantomime comique produit par les enfans de sr. Sebastiani Nilson, Johann Esaias, etcher [Augsburg/Paris] : Ce vend a Augsbourg chez l'auteur et à Paris chez Rosselin rue St. Jaques a l'hotel Saumur [17--] 1 print : etching. Pl. 22 x 15.8; Sh. 22.5 x 16.2
Children are shown acting the characters of Harlequin, Columbine, Pantaloon, the Doctor and Pierrot in Franz Sebastiani's pantomime L'amour triomphant par les intrigues d'Harlequin. Inscribed on pedestal: dessiné e gravé par J. E. Nilson Peintre. Numbered in upper right: No. XVI
16* 6 Theatre italien - Livre de scenes comiques inventées par Gillot Huquier, Gabriel, engraver Gillot, Claude, designer A Paris : Chez Huquier vis avis le Grand Chatelet et chez la veuve Chereau rue St. Jaque aux Deux Pillier d'or, avec privil. du roi [ca. 1729-ca. 1732] 12 prints : engraving, etching. Sh. 19.5 x 22.3
Complete suite comprised of a title leaf and 11 prints depicting commedia dell'arte scenes titled: Tombeau de maître André, Arlequin empereur dans la lune, and Arlequin grapignant. The comedy Arlequin grapignant by Evaristo Gherardi and the comedy Arlequin empereur dans la lune by Nolant de Fatouvill were created at the Hôtel de Bourgogne in Paris. Tombeau de maître André is the name of a comedy by Brugière de Barante.
16* 7 Der italianische Schauplaz - Theatre italien - Comoedianten Aufzuge - Livre de scènes comiques Gillot, Claude, designer [Augsburg] : Joh. Georg Merz. exc. Aug. Vind. [17--] 1 print : engraving, etching, hand col. Im 18.8 x 28.9; Pl. 19.4 x 29.8; Sh. 25.6 x 41.2
Title leaf of suite of prints showing Fame sitting on a cloud addressed by Mezzetin; background stage with figures from the commedia dell'arte: Pantaloon or Pantalone, Pierrot, and Mezzetin or Mezzetino. Numbered in lower right corner: 1.
16* 8-11 Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, eine Pantomime, … Degmair, Philipp Andreas, mezzotinter Haid, Johann Philipp, mezzotinter Siller, Matthias, designer [Augsburg/Vienna] : Negotium Academia Cæs. … [1764] 4 prints : mezzotint, hand col. Pl. 30.3 x 41.7; Mt. 33 x 45.1
Title leaf and three prints (pl. 2, 8, 11) depicting scenes from P. Florian Reichssiegel's intermezzo Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, performed in celebration of the birthday of Prince Archbishop Siegmund Christoph von Schrattenbach of Salzburg. Stamped in upper left corners: 143, 144, 150, 153.
16* 12-14 [Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, eine Pantomime, …] Degmair, Philipp Andreas, mezzotinter Siller, Matthias, designer [1764] 3 prints : mezzotint, hand col. Im. 25 x 39; Pl. 29.5 x 41; Sh. 39 x 48.9
Plates 2, 8 and 11 from the suite Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige are based on P. Florian Reichssiegel's intermezzo performed in celebration of the birthday of Prince Archbishop Siegmund Christoph von Schrattenbach of Salzburg. Numbered in lower right corners: 52, 58, 61.
Box Folder
17* 1 [Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, eine Pantomime, …] Degmair, Philipp Andreas, engraver; etcher Siller, Matthias, designer [1764] 3 prints : engraving, etching, hand col. Im. 25 x 39; Pl. 29.5 x 41; Sh. 39 x 48.9
Plates 4, 10 and 12 from the suite Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige are based on P. Florian Reichssiegel's intermezzo performed in celebration of the birthday of Prince Archbishop Siegmund Christoph von Schrattenbach of Salzburg. Inscribed in upper margins: Collection des Prospects Theatrales pour servir aux Cameres Obscures et autres Machines Optiques.
17* 2 [Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, eine Pantomime, …] Degmair, Philipp Andreas, engraver; etcher Siller, Matthias, designer [1764] 3 prints : engraving, etching, hand col. Im. 25 x 39; Pl. 29.5 x 41; Sh. 39 x 48.9
Plates 7, 9, and 12 from the suite Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, are based on P. Florian Reichssiegel's intermezzo performed in celebration of the birthday of Prince Archbishop Siegmund Christoph von Schrattenbach of Salzburg. Inscribed in upper margins: Collection des Prospects Theatrales pour servir aux Cameres Obscures et autres Machines Optiques.
17* 3 Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, eine Pantomime, … Degmair, Philipp Andreas, mezzotinter Haid, Johann Philipp, etcher; engraver Siller, Matthias, designer [Augsburg/Vienna] : Negotium Academia Cæs. … [1764] 3 prints : etching, engraving, hand col. Pl. 30.3 x 41.7; Mt. 33 x 45.1
Plates 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 are from a suite of prints based on P. Florian Reichssiegel's intermezzo Der Schwätzer und der Leichtgläubige, performed in celebration of the birthday of Prince Archbishop Siegmund Christoph von Schrattenbach of Salzburg. Stamped in upper left corners: 146, 147, 148, 149, 151.
17* 4 Une soirée chez Ét. Carjat (30 juillet 1864). - Pierrot photographe, acte 1er Linton, Henry Duff, wood engraver [ca. 1864] 1 print : wood engraving. Im. 18 x 23.5; Sh. 21.3 x 27.1
The print, issued in a periodical, depicts an audience watching the outdoor stage performance of the pantomime Pierrot photographe. The scene on stage shows Pierrot stabbing Harlequin. On verso are described the dignitaries who attended the performance and the role of the actor Coquelin.
17* 5 Afterwards Columbine 1878 1 print : wood engraving with letterpress, col. Im. 30.2 x 22.5; Sh. 40.3 x 28.5
Harlequin and Columbine are shown waiting backstage while a clown performs on stage with three dogs sitting on chairs. Issued in: The graphic Christmas number, 1878, p. 19, as illustration to Dutton Cook's pantomime Afterwards Columbine performed at Christmas.
17* 6 Histoire d'un Pierrot. Pantomime en trois actes de Fernand Beissier, musique de P. Mario Costa Georges-Sauvage, Auguste Albert, lithographer Paris : Choudens fils, éditeur, 30, boulevard des Capucines, … 1893 1 portfolio (3 lithographs, col.) : Sh. 27.1 x 34.9
The lithographs, signed by Auguste Albert Georges-Sauvage, also known as Georges Sauvage, depict a pantomime in three acts by Fernand Beissier with music by Pasquale Mario Costa. They are enclosed in a wrapper inscribed: Histoire d'un Pierrot …
17* 7 The youthful work of a master : an unproduced Rostand play 1909 1 print : relief halftone, col. with letterpress. Im. 27.3 x 21.9; Sh. 39.3 x 27
The print shows an audience watching the performance of Edmond Rostand's play Pierrot qui pleure et Pierrot qui rit, held at M. and Mme. Alexis Rostand's. Signed: ALelong. Issued in: The illustrated London news, April 3, 1909.
See also: Series VII. Oversize materials, FF. 27**
Street entertainment
Box Folder
17* 8 [Untitled] [18--] 1 print : relief halftone, col. Im. 17 x 12.5; Sh. 18 x 13.7
The print shows an audience attending an outdoor performance on stage with commedia dell'arte figures, including Harlequin and Pierrot. In upper left corner: F. Boscher / 1821.
17* 9 Foire du village [1893?] 1 print : lithograph, col. Im. 20.7 x 15.7; Sh. 33.2 x 24
Harlequin and Pierrot perform on a makeshift stage in a landscape, watched by villagers. Pencilled: Theatre / La Foire du Village by Descourtis (1893).
See also: Series VII. Oversize materials, FF. 28-32**
Musical compositions
Box Folder
17* 10 Arlequin Jeschko, Ludwig, composer Paris : Aymard Dignat et Cie éditeurs, rue Laffitte, no. 18 [18--] 1 v. (6 p.) : chalk lithograph, col. Sh. 31.4 x 26.3
The score comprises six pages of polka music composed by Ludwig Jeschko; its cover shows Harlequin, arms raised, holding a bent stick, with one foot raised to begin dancing. Inscriptions: ... polka composée par Ludwig Jeschko arrangée pour l'orchestre français par Strauss / Barbizet lith.
17* 11 La polka des Pierrots Pasdeloup, Jules-Étienne , composer Coindre, Victor, designer Paris : Chez Alex.dre Grus aîné. [188-] 1 print : lithograph. Sh. 32 x 24.5
The print is the cover of a musical score for a polka composed by Pasdeloup; it shows several Pierrots and other figures dancing and merry-making in a theater. Inscriptions: ... composée pour le piano par J. Pasdeloup / Bertauts Lith.
17* 12 Venant des noces belles chanson par Maurice Boukay Boukay, Maurice, composer Steinlen, Théophile Alexandre, designer [189-] 1 print : wood engraving, col. Sh. 40.4 x 28
The poem and first stanza, which are set to music, are illustrated with a design showing Pierrot attempting to lift a girl's skirt. Issued in: Gil Blas illustré.


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