Paris. No date. Ca. 1785.
Four copper engraved prints on laid paper (identified, in order, as plates 3, 4, 8 & 9) depicting aspects of the Théâtre-Français (the present-day Théâtre de L’Odéon) designed by Peyre and De Wailly, completed in 1782 with an opening ceremony presided over by Marie-Antoinette. The largest plate (# 9, a view of the exterior) is approximately 13 x 11 ¼ inches. A slightly smaller plate featuring two images (# 8, view of the stage and view of the foyer) is approximately 7 ½ x 11 ¾ inches. Plates 3 and 4, both on sheets size 8 ¾ x 6 ½ inches, depict audience seating and adjacent spaces, viewed from above (# 3) and the bowl-shaped dome and its surround, viewed from below (# 4). (It should be noted that the abraded binding edge of plate 3 is immediately adjacent to the printed frame that surrounds the image.) The four prints, each offering a very strong impression, and are in good clean condition with issue to #3 noted. Item #55065