Monsieur Ballon, danseur de l'opera .

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Henri Bonnart
Monsieur Ballon, danseur de l'opera .
[Paris] : H. Bonnart, [ca. 1690-1710]
PML 15535.11
[Paris] : H. Bonnart, [ca. 1690-1710]
Weigert, p. 481, no. 136.

Although most of the dressed prints in the library's collection were made between 1690 and 1710, the later date of the fabrics indicates that they were "dressed" some forty or fifty years later. The correct French term for the process is découpé. Its translation, literally "cut-out", gives some idea of what was involved. Portions of the print were cut out and faced from the reverse side with fabric corresponding to parts of the costume. What remained of the print was skillfully tinted with watercolor.


Full-length portrait of reknown dancer Jean Balon, in elaborate green and red costume.