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MS Thr 647

Fäsch, Johann Ludwig Wernhard, circa 1738-1778, artist. Engravings based on the drawings of Johann Ludwig Wernhard Fäsch, 1769-1773: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Thr 647
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Fäsch, Johann Ludwig Wernhard, circa 1738-1778, artist.
Title: Engravings based on the drawings of Johann Ludwig Wernhard Fäsch
Date(s): 1769-1773 and undated
Quantity: 1 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French and English.
Abstract: Collection of engravings of 18th-century European actors and actresses based on the miniature drawings of Swiss artist, Johann Ludwig Wernhard Fäsch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Engravings Based on the Drawings of Johann Ludwig Wernhard Fäsch, 1769-1773 (MS Thr 647). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Fäsch was a Swiss painter, illustrator, miniaturist, and portraitist, born in Basel circa 1738 and died in Paris in 1778. Fäsch studied law but soon became a painter. He later moved to Paris and also completed portraits in London. He was known under a number of names including: Jean Louis Fesch and Johann Ludwig Wernhard Faesch, as well as de Fesch, Foech, and Foesch. Fäsch is the first artist to be said with certainty to have drawn his subjects directly from actual performance. Fäsch's work was published as engravings by various London firms.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title of print.

Scope and Contents

This collection of engravings, based on the miniature drawings of Johann Ludwig Wernhard Fäsch, includes prints dated from 1769 to 1773, all published in London. Many appear to be from Robert Sayer and John Smith's Dramatic characters, or different portraits of the English stage. Other London firms involved in either printing or publishing include Marty, Laurie & Whittle, and Jefferys & Faden. Many engravings are hand-colored and some are in black ink only.
Subjects of the engravings are actors and actresses in various roles from the Comédie-Française, Comédie-Italienne (Paris, France), and other companies, including theaters in London. Actors and actresses depicted include: Brizard, Mlle Dumesnil, Garrick, Lekain, Molé, Préville, and many others.

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