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Creator:
Thomas Rowlandson, 1756–1827, British
Title:
Modern Grace...The Ballet of Alonzo e Cara
Date:
1796
Medium:
Watercolor with pen and brown ink on medium, smooth, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Mount: 9 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches (25.1 x 28.9 cm) and Sheet: 6 7/8 x 9 1/8 inches (17.5 x 23.2 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen in brown ink, lower center: "Modern Grace - or the Operatical Finale of the Ballet of Alonzo e cara -" ; in graphite, on mount, lower right: "19x12 1/2 mount open with gold strip ["blue" crossed out] grey over mount" Inscribed by hand by L.G. Duke, in black-gray ink, on beige, medium, smooth paper that has been mounted on the matted frame of object, center: "On the fifteen of May following [ie. 1796] Gillray caricatured this new style of Dancing [ie. the small | [enormity?] of apparel which was allowed to the [Dansseurs?], and the freedom with which they exposed their forms | to public view"] in a caricature entitled 'Modern Grace; or the operatical finale to the ballet of 'Alanzo | e Caro.' Thomas Wright, 'Caricature History of the Georges' (1867), p555. | The ballet was 'Alonzo e Cora', and Gilray substitutes 'Caro' [flesh] for Cora. Rowlandson | follows the Gillray print closely, but writes 'Cara' for 'Caro' | An advt. in the Morning Chronicle of April 2, 1796, a

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.3.72
Classification:
Drawings & Watercolors
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
ballet | Costumes | dancers | genre subject | men | women
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:5599
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