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H Beard Print Collection

Print
late 18th century (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

A coloured lithograph of the actress Mlle. Colombe (1754-1837), in the role Belinde in La Colonie at the Théatre Italien.

A caption below the image reads:
"Ciel ou suisje? ou courir? Dieux quelle erainte"

Marie-Theodore Thérèse Ruggieri was known as Mlle. Colombe, being employed by the Comedie Italienne at an earlier time than her older sister, Marie-Catherine (1751-1830). Marie-Thérèse (1754-1837) was among the most celebrated demi-mondaines of her era. Under the stage name 'Colombe', the beautiful (and notorious) Venetian-born actresses made a sensation in late 18th century Paris.

She appeared with the Comedie Italienne for the first time in 1766 acting Italian parts and as a dancer. This role of Belinde in Le Colinie (a play translated from the Italian by Framery and first performed on 16th August 1775) was one of her most successful parts.

The design is part of the Harry Beard Collection.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lithography
Brief Description
A coloured lithograph of the actress Mlle. Colombe, in the role Belinde in La Colonie at the Théatre Italien. Harry Beard Collection.
Physical Description
A full length coloured lithograph of an actress dressed in a full length, open front, blue gown. She stands in the midst of an island landscape, the ocean and a small boat visible behind her. Her left arm clasps a nearby tree, whilst her right gestures towards her chest.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.2cm
  • Width: 18.4cm
Credit line
Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard
Subject depicted
Literary Referencela Colonie
Summary
A coloured lithograph of the actress Mlle. Colombe (1754-1837), in the role Belinde in La Colonie at the Théatre Italien.



A caption below the image reads:

"Ciel ou suisje? ou courir? Dieux quelle erainte"



Marie-Theodore Thérèse Ruggieri was known as Mlle. Colombe, being employed by the Comedie Italienne at an earlier time than her older sister, Marie-Catherine (1751-1830). Marie-Thérèse (1754-1837) was among the most celebrated demi-mondaines of her era. Under the stage name 'Colombe', the beautiful (and notorious) Venetian-born actresses made a sensation in late 18th century Paris.



She appeared with the Comedie Italienne for the first time in 1766 acting Italian parts and as a dancer. This role of Belinde in Le Colinie (a play translated from the Italian by Framery and first performed on 16th August 1775) was one of her most successful parts.



The design is part of the Harry Beard Collection.
Collection
Accession Number
S.797-2010

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record createdMay 27, 2010
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