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A Masquerade

Jean-Charles Delafosse1770–80

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

A crowd in fancy dress in a hall, showing a buffet in the center of a peristyle in the rear; the musicians are disposed in two balconies; onlookers on galleries.

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  • Title: A Masquerade
  • Creator: Jean-Charles Delafosse
  • Date Created: 1770–80
  • Viewing Notes: Crowds of people in formal dress populate this massive and ornately decorated hall, showing a buffet in the center of a peristyle in the rear. Muscians are disposed in two balconies on either side, and onlookers sit in niches above.
  • Provenance: Léon Decloux
  • Physical Dimensions: w401 x h308 cm
  • Paper Support: Support: white laid paper
  • Markings: Marks: Strasburg lily with pendant A (RB '45)
  • Inscribed: inscribed in pen and brown ink, lower left: J. ch. Delafosse
  • Exhibitions: New York, NY - CHNDM, The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource, March 26, 1991 - August 30, 1992, (exhibited rotation 1: 3/26/91 - 7/8/91).Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University, Festivities, March 3 - 25, 1979.New York, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, French Drawings and Prints of hte Eighteenth Century, August 8 - October 15, 1972, no. 14.London - Royal Academy of Arts, France in the Eighteenth Century, January 6 - March 3, 1968, no.184, fig. 306.Columbus, Ohio - School of Art, Ohio State University, Eighteenth-Century Architectural Drawings, April 22 - May 14, 1965.Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art, French Masters, Rococo to Romanticism, March 5 - April 18, 1961. no. 52. New York, NY - Metropolitan Museum of Art, French Drawings from American Collections, February 3 - March 15, 1959. no. 41 (illus.).France - Musee de l'Orangerie, Van Clouet a Matisse, October 24, 1958 - January 2, 1959, no. 41 (illus.).Rotterdam, Netherlands - Boymans Museum, Van Clouet to Matisse, July 30 - September 28, 1958. no. 41 (illus.).Kansas City, Missouri - Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum, The Century of Mozart, January 15 - March 4, 1956.
  • Dimensions: 30.8 x 40.1 cm (12 1/8 x 15 13/16 in.)12 3/16 x 15 3/4 in.Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22 in.)
  • Bibliography: Cara Denison, Myra Nan Rosenfeld and Stephanie Wiles, Exploring Rome: Piranesi and His Contemporaries, New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1993, p. 188.Connaisance des Arts, no. 136 (June 1963) p. 112 (illus.).Richard Wunder, Extravagant Drawings of the 18th Century, New York: Lambert-Spector,1962, p. 93, no. 5 (illus.).Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum, Bulletin, Vol. 1 no. 1 (1956), p. 35, no. 134, fig. 25.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Purchased for the Museum by the Advisory Council
  • Medium: Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash, watercolor, black chalk on white laid paper

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