Modern grace, or, The operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Caro / Js. Gy. d. et f.

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James Gillray
1756-1815
Modern grace, or, The operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Caro / Js. Gy. d. et f.
hand colored etching
image: 25.5 x 35.5 cm; plate: 26.1 x 36.2 cm; sheet: 27.7 x 38.2 cm
Peel 2948
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Formerly owned by Sir Robert Peel.
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Didelot dances on the stage between two women, both very lightly clad in quasi-classical costume, and wearing 'cothurnes'. He wears a feathered hat, tunic, and cloak, and looks towards Mme Parisot (right); she strikes an attitude with right leg raised and arms extended, and looks alluringly towards him, her right breast bare. Mme Rose (left), his wife, dances with more restraint, her sharp-featured profile turned austerely towards her husband. All wave their arms above their heads, and their attitudes are in fact graceful (though caricatured). Two plump 'danseuses' (left and right) whirl on one toe in the background. Behind Didelot is an irradiated sun, with features looking down disapprovingly at the dancer.

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