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H Beard Print Collection

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

France (probably, printed)


late 18th century (printed)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 26.2 cm, Width: 18.4 cm

Descriptive line

A coloured lithograph of the actress Mlle. Colombe, in the role Belinde in La Colonie at the Théatre Italien. Harry Beard Collection.


Printing ink; Paper


Print-making; Lithography; Hand-colouring


Prints; Entertainment & Leisure


Theatre and Performance Collection

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