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Ballet des Troyens: P.15016-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Ballet des Troyens
Translated as: Dance of the Trojans


Printmaker: Fantin-Latour, Henri




Scene from Act II of _Les Troyens à Carthage_ (first performed in 1863), the second part of Hector Berlioz's grand opera in five acts, _Les Troyens_ ['The Trojans'] (1856-8). See Notes.
Six female figures wearing classical drapery are dancing in a grove of trees beside a round temple. The central figure is illuminated and holds some drapery above her head. Another figure facing left brandishes a thyrsus. A sixth figure watches the rest of the group seated on the ground at the far right. Hédiard, who identifies the subject as from 'acte II' of '_Les Troyens_' describes the location of the scene as the Gardens of Didon [Dido] at twilight after the storm ('Les Jardins de Didon; ... Crépuscule après l'orage').

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1920-12) by Thompson, Henry Francis Herbert, Sir, Bart


19th Century
Production date: AD 1893


Second state. Drawn onto the stone above the image at upper left, the first three bars of the muscial score for the 'Ballet' of Act II and at upper centre, the composer's name and title: 'H. Berlioz / Ballet des Troyens'. Signed on the stone below the image at lower right: 'h. Fantin'.

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Components of the work

Image Height 460 mm Width 520 mm
Sheet Height 562 mm Width 710 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: h. Fantin
  • Location: On the stone, lower right
  • Method of creation: Lithography
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Given by Sir Herbert Thompson Bart. / Trinity College, December 1920
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in graphite
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: By H. Fantin-Latour (1835-1914) / G. Hédiard 114 II / Cat. no 114
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Handwritten in graphite
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15016-R
Primary reference Number: 226559
Hédiard: 114.II
Fantin-Latour (1911): 1582
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Created: Wednesday 27 February 2019 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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