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[Scenes from French theater].
[Paris?] : [François-Simon-Alphonse Giroux?], [approximately 1825?]
Physical Description:
1 écran-panorama ; screen 23 x 21 cm, height 38 cm inclusive of wooden handle
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Folio A 2016 8b
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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"[The] 'panorama handscreen' or 'mechanical screen fan' ... was a French invention that appeared in the 1820s, and was sold at shops specializing in optical toys, jewelry, paintings, and fashionable furniture. One of the most famous was Giroux near the Palais-Royal ... Some surviving examples of the panorama handscreen bear the label of Giroux. It identifies the product as écran-panorma and mentions that it has been patented ..."--Huhtamo.
"The écran-panorama has an illustrated cardboard frame with a cutout window, attached to an elegantly turned wooden or ivory handle. A roll of translucent pictures, enclosed in cylindrical containers on both sides of the window, is operated by two knobs. Various designs and subjects are known, which points to a significant volume of production ..."--Huhtamo.
Huhtamo, E. Illusions in motion, pages 48-49
Écran-panorama (or panorama handscreen) depicting six scenes from French theater, circa 1825. The screen surrounding the panoramic image depicts theater-goers in their boxes and a pit orchestra. Each scene is briefly captioned. Two of the captions appear to refer to plays -- La chasse au renard and Barbe-bleue -- while a third (Les cuisinières) may refer to a scene from the play William Tell. The other scenes name notable actors and performers of the day: Bernard Léon, (Charles) Mazurier, Pitrot, and Elie.
Subject Terms:
Dance -- France -- 19th century.
Léon, Bernard, 1785-1856.
Mazurier, Charles.
Theater -- France -- 19th century.
Etchings -- Hand-colored -- 1825.
Giroux, François-Simon-Alphonse, -1848, publisher.

  • La chasse au renard
  • Tous les polichinelles: Pitrot, Muzurier, Elie
  • Les cuisinières
  • Mazurier
  • Bernard-Léon
  • Barbe-bleue.

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