Hand-coloured engraving of a costume design for a female dancer at the Paris Opéra

Paris: [ca. 1700]. 275 x 193 mm. Printed on laid paper.

Slightly spotted; hinged along right edge; trimmed to within platemark; tipped onto backing sheet; annotations to lower margin of verso of backing sheet.

The New York Public Library holds an unsigned pen and ink "counterproof".

A highly important designer, "after beginning his career in Paris as an engraver, [Berain] was summoned to Versailles in 1674 to work on the festivities celebrating the conquest of the Franche-Comté. That year he was appointed Dessinateur de la Chambre et du Cabinet du Roi, succeeding Henry Gissey. Thereafter he was to provide all the models of costumes for the operas performed at the royal residences and on the operatic stage of Paris, replacing Carlo Vigarani as designer of the sets and stage effects there in 1680. Until at least 1707 he prepared designs at the Académie Royale de Musique for the works of Lully and his successors, Collasse, Marin Marais, Charpentier, Desmarets, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, Campra, Destouches and Jean-Féry Rebel." Jérôme de La Gorce in Grove Music Online. Item #29858

Price: $400.00  other currencies

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