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MS Thr 595

Martin, Jean Baptiste, fl. 1748-1757. Jean Baptiste Martin costume design engravings, circa 1763-1779: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 595
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Martin, Jean Baptiste, fl. 1748-1757.
Title: Jean Baptiste Martin costume design engravings,
Date(s): 1763-1779.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Hand-colored engravings of costume designs by French designer, Jean Baptiste Martin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Jean Baptiste Martin Costume Design Engravings, circa 1763-1779 (MS Thr 595). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Jean Baptiste Martin was a French costume designer. Few facts are known about him: he was the immediate successor of François Boucher at the Paris Opéra from July 1748 until 1757 or 1758... He designed costumes for opéras-ballets by Rameau and revivals of Lully and Charpentier. The Mercure reported, in July 1763, the appearance of Martin's Collection de figures theatrales (20 colored engravings), 'six years after he retired'. They portray Driade, Indienne, Incas, Hercule, Flore, Paysan, Paysanne, Suivante de Flore, Suivante de Zéphire, Zéphire, Africain, Apollon, Démon, Faune, Furie, Médée, Neptune, Paysan galant, Paysanne galante, and Thétis. The last ten were reworked to conform to the fashion 16 years later and, with six new designs (Chinois, Chinoise, Silphide, Silphe, Reine des sylphes, Vénus), were printed in Gallerie des modes et costumes français, dessinés d'après nature (1779). Martin's work is said to have inspired many later designers. Source: Grove Music Online, 2010.

Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by title of design.

Scope and Contents

14 hand-colored costume design engravings from the set designed and engraved by Martin: Cahier de Costumes de Théâtre and for the later version Gallerie des modes et costumes français, dessinés d'après nature. Most are matted.

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