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Print - Madame Saqui, or Marguerite-Antoinette Lalanne (1876-1866) performing on the Tightrope at Vauxhall Gardens, 1820
  • Madame Saqui, or Marguerite-Antoinette Lalanne (1876-1866) performing on the Tightrope at Vauxhall Gardens, 1820
    Alais, J.
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Madame Saqui, or Marguerite-Antoinette Lalanne (1876-1866) performing on the Tightrope at Vauxhall Gardens, 1820

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    01/02/1820 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alais, J. (Engravers)
    Bell, John, born 1745 - died 1831 (Publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving, printed ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard.

  • Museum number:

    S.2034-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Madame Saqui, or Marguerite-Antoinette Lalanne (1786-1866) made her name in her native France as a tightrope walker and rope dancer. In April 1816 her performance at Covent Garden Theatre descending a tightrope stretched at an incline over the auditorium, made her name in England and became the subject for a cartoon by George Cruikshank entitled 'A Wonderfull (sic) Thing from Paris, or Madame Sacchi Gratifying John Bull's Curiosity'.

George Rogers Barratt and Jonathan Tyers Barrett, the proprietors of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, subsequently engaged her there for four years, where her hugely popular act act included her descent at a run, on an inclined tightrope stretched from a mast, to one of the main walkways, in a storm of exploding fireworks.

Physical description

Print 'Madame Saqui tightrope walking', engraving by Alais, London, 1820, Harry Beard Collection

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

01/02/1820 (published)

Artist/maker

Alais, J. (Engravers)
Bell, John, born 1745 - died 1831 (Publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving, printed ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Madame Saqui / The celebrated Performer on the Rope at Vauxhall.'
Printed below portrait

Dimensions

Height: 23.3 cm, Width: 14.4 cm

Descriptive line

'Madame Saqui the Celebrated Rope Walker at Vauxhall', engraving by Alais after the original by William Henry Flerio Hutchisson, London, 1820, Harry Beard Collection

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Print-making; Engraving

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Prints

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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