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Habillement de Voltiare. Modes Françaises, en 1778: P.6709-R

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Habillement de Voltiare. Modes Françaises, en 1778
Marie Francois Arrouet de Voltaire and Madame Vestris


Printmaker: Duflos, Claude




An allusion to the coronation of Voltaire at the Comédie Française on the 30th March 1778, after the performance of his play "Irène". Voltaire had just returned to France after an exile of nearly thirty years. A bust of the author on the stage and Mme Vestris crowned it with a wreath of laurels. However, Voltaire had already experienced a similar ceremony with the marquise de Villette and the actor Brizard in his private lodge. This print is a synthesis of the two incidents.


History note: From the collection of J.P.Heseltine (1843-1929) [Lugt 1507-8]; sold at his sale (Sotheby's) 3rd June 1935, Lot 167.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1935) by Charrington, John


Production date: AD 1778


State II/III.

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Black carbon ink

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Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: P.6709-R
Primary reference Number: 133233
Lugt: 572
Lugt: 1508
BN Inventaire (18thC): 42
Firmin-Didot (Portraits): 537
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 10 May 2013 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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