Modern Grace...The Ballet of Alonzo e Cara

Thomas Rowlandson1796

Yale Center for British Art

Yale Center for British Art


  • Title: Modern Grace...The Ballet of Alonzo e Cara
  • Date Created: 1796
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Subject: dancers, men, women, ballet, genre subject, Costumes
  • Physical Dimensions: w28.9 x h25.1 cm
  • Location: Not on View
  • Inscription: Signed and Dated: Not signed, not dated
  • Inscription: Inscribed in pen in brown ink, lower center: "Modern Grace - or the Operatical Finale of the Ballet of Alonzo e cara -" ; in graphite, on mount, lower right: "19x12 1/2 mount open with gold strip ["blue" crossed out] grey over mount" Inscribed by hand by L.G. Duke, in black-gray ink, on beige, medium, smooth paper that has been mounted on the matted frame of object, center: "On the fifteen of May following [ie. 1796] Gillray caricatured this new style of Dancing [ie. the small | [enormity?] of apparel which was allowed to the [Dansseurs?], and the freedom with which they exposed their forms | to public view"] in a caricature entitled 'Modern Grace; or the operatical finale to the ballet of 'Alanzo | e Caro.' Thomas Wright, 'Caricature History of the Georges' (1867), p555. | The ballet was 'Alonzo e Cora', and Gilray substitutes 'Caro' [flesh] for Cora. Rowlandson | follows the Gillray print closely, but writes 'Cara' for 'Caro' | An advt. in the Morning Chronicle of April 2, 1796, announces the production of Alonzo e Cora. | The three chief Dancers, l to r, are Mme Rose, Didelot, & Mlle, Parisot. The advt. also | names Mlle Hilligsberg. The Danseures (danseures is underlined) were famous. Mme. Rose became Mme Rose Didelot. Didelot | himself became famous as Premier Danseur(premier danseur is underlined), ballet master, & producer. The Ballet [...?] | Dealt with the customs & pastimes of the [...?] of Paris". In blue ink, lower right of inscribed sheet: "The ballet, by Onorati, had its first performance | on April 6, 1796" in dark gray ink, lower right: "LGD"
  • Artist: Thomas Rowlandson
  • Type: watercolor
  • Rights: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • External Link: http://collections.britishart.yale.edu/vufind/Record/1669903
  • Medium: Watercolor with pen and brown ink, with pen and brown ink on medium, smooth, cream, wove paper, mounted on olive green, wove paper with border lines


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