Paris: Basan, 1759. 385 x 260 mm + wide margins. Printed on laid paper.
The outdoor scene with trees and statuary depicts Caroline and Charlotte, daughters of Frédéric Sluyter, performing in a production of Pygmalion at the Schouwberg Theatre in Amsterdam. The dancer at left is on her right foot with arms outstretched, costumed in a dress with a low rounded neckline, pointed waistline, and a wide panniered skirt; the dancer at right is on her left foot with arms outstretched, wearing male attire including cocked hat, frock coat with stiff flared skirt, breeches, and heeless shoes.
Browned; dark waterstain to lower right corner just crossing platemark but not affecting printed area; short tear to blank lower margin repaired; remnants of mounting tape to verso.
Scarce. NYPL: b12155632. BM 1854, 0614.342.
Caroline and Charlotte Frédéric were part of a troupe of child performers active in Amsterdam in the 1760s. Item #29663
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