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French Ballet, 18th Century

French Ballet Costumes of 18th CenturyCreated by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 2016
Ballet origin can be traced to the 17th century's elaborate and flamboyant entertainments celebrating marriages of wealth and power devised at European Royal courts. King Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, was a passionate dancer himself.
The performances were a mixture of spoken word, music, dance and pantomime. They contained spectacular ceremonial processions with technical effects and extravagant costumes. The scenarios were based by the myths of ancient Greece and Rome or on themes such as the four seasons, the natural world or events happening in distant lands.
Costumes were imaginative and fantastical, decorated with symbols designated to help the audience to recognize the characters in the story. The size of these costumes often limited dancers movements.
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Johannes van den Aveele - Amadis

Johannes van den Aveele - Amadis

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Ballet: Paysan galant, Art print depicting dance

Ballet: Paysan galant, Art print depicting dance

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Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

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William de la Cour - La Creole - Drawing. Public domain image.

William de la Cour - La Creole - Drawing. Public domain image.

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Ertinger Franz - Les fragments, Dance

Ertinger Franz - Les fragments, Dance

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Ertinger Franz - Iphigénie - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Iphigénie - Engraving, Public domain image

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[The dragon of Wantley]. - Engraving, Public domain image

[The dragon of Wantley]. - Engraving, Public domain image

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Balet du Prince de Salerne, exécuté à Fontainebleau en novembre 1746

Balet du Prince de Salerne, exécuté à Fontainebleau en novembre 1746

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Paysanne galante, Art print depicting dance

Paysanne galante, Art print depicting dance

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Achille et Polixene - Engraving, Public domain image

Achille et Polixene - Engraving, Public domain image

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Ertinger Franz - Amadis de Grece

Ertinger Franz - Amadis de Grece

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Mlle. Guimard dans le ballet du Per. navigateur.

Mlle. Guimard dans le ballet du Per. navigateur.

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Signora Baccelli in the ballet (call'd) Les amans surpris

Signora Baccelli in the ballet (call'd) Les amans surpris

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Africain dans Aline, reine de Golconde

Africain dans Aline, reine de Golconde

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[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

Ertinger Franz - Amadis - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Amadis - Engraving, Public domain image

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Mademoiselle Hiligsberg in the ballet of Le jaloux puni.

Mademoiselle Hiligsberg in the ballet of Le jaloux puni.

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[Stage décor for unidentified production]

[Stage décor for unidentified production]

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Du Moulin en habit de Paysan Dansant a l'Opera. Iere: Wolff. exc. Aug[ustae]: vind[elicorum.

Du Moulin en habit de Paysan Dansant a l'Opera. Iere: Wolff. exc. Aug[...

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Picryl description: Public domain image of portrait, 18th century prin...

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[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

Les caprices de la goute, ballet arthritique

Les caprices de la goute, ballet arthritique

Satire showing men with limbs strapped in wooden cases performing exercise for gout in the establishment of Abraham Buzaglo.

Faune. Dans la fête de Bacchus, et dans le Ballet du Triomphe de Bacchus, de l'opéra de l'union de l'amour et des arts: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Faune. Dans la fête de Bacchus, et dans le Ballet du Triomphe de Bacch...

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Thetis. Dans des fragmens d'operas

Thetis. Dans des fragmens d'operas

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Paysanne: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard sculp

Paysanne: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard sculp

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Melle. Clotilde. - Public domain portrait engraving

Melle. Clotilde. - Public domain portrait engraving

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L'Après-Diné, la dame à la promenade

L'Après-Diné, la dame à la promenade

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Masque en habit de paysan: C. Pr. S. C. Maj. M. Engelbr. sc. et excud. Aug[ustae] Vind[elicorum]

Masque en habit de paysan: C. Pr. S. C. Maj. M. Engelbr. sc. et excud....

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George White - Mr. Isaac, choreographer

George White - Mr. Isaac, choreographer

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Académie et salle de danse: les grâces parisiennes

Académie et salle de danse: les grâces parisiennes

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Neptune. Dans différens opéras et fragmens: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard sculp

Neptune. Dans différens opéras et fragmens: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard...

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Le turc genereux, ballet pantomime executé à Vienne sur le teatre près de la cour le 26 avril, 1758

Le turc genereux, ballet pantomime executé à Vienne sur le teatre près...

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Suivant de Zéphire: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Suivant de Zéphire: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Caricature, A B the charmers of the age, public domain cartoon image

Caricature, A B the charmers of the age, public domain cartoon image

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Ertinger Franz - Les Muses - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Les Muses - Engraving, Public domain image

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Moore's engagement to Margery, Dance

Moore's engagement to Margery, Dance

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Jean Honoré Fragonard - La dance,  Marie Madeleine Guimard

Jean Honoré Fragonard - La dance, Marie Madeleine Guimard

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Fêtes données à Vienne à l'occasion du mariage de Joseph II avec Marie Josephine Antoinette de Baviére, le 23 Janvier 1765

Fêtes données à Vienne à l'occasion du mariage de Joseph II avec Marie...

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(Académie Rle de Musique). Mme. Gardel. (Rôle de Psyché). Ballet de Psyche. [Engraving by Prud'hon after Coeuré] Imprimé par Langlois. Ecrit par Beaublé. Déposé à la Direction de la Libie.

(Académie Rle de Musique). Mme. Gardel. (Rôle de Psyché). Ballet de Ps...

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Mlle. Camargo. Pas de la nuit. [Lithograph by] E. Desmaisons. Guérard del. E. Desmaisons lith. Imp. Lemercier.

Mlle. Camargo. Pas de la nuit. [Lithograph by] E. Desmaisons. Guérard ...

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Commedia dell'arte - Monsieur Balon.

Commedia dell'arte - Monsieur Balon.

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Ballet des Muses, allegorie, pour les menus plaisirs du Roi

Ballet des Muses, allegorie, pour les menus plaisirs du Roi

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Modern grace, or The operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Cora

Modern grace, or The operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Cora

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James Gillray - Operatical reform, or La dance à l'évêque

James Gillray - Operatical reform, or La dance à l'évêque

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Les trois graces du ballet de - Drawing. Public domain image.

Les trois graces du ballet de - Drawing. Public domain image.

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[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

Homme de qualité en habit de bal à l'espagnol

Homme de qualité en habit de bal à l'espagnol

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Medée, dans l'opéra de Jason et Medée

Medée, dans l'opéra de Jason et Medée

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Louis Magdelene Lany pensionaire du roi: née à Paris le 19. novembre 1733, reçue à l'Académie royale de musique en novembre 1748 et retirée en avril 1767

Louis Magdelene Lany pensionaire du roi: née à Paris le 19. novembre 1...

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Monsr. Vestris Junr. in the favorite ballet (call'd) Les amans surpris

Monsr. Vestris Junr. in the favorite ballet (call'd) Les amans surpris

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Neptune: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard sculp

Neptune: J. B. Martin inv. Gaillard sculp

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Monsieur Ballon. Danseur de l'opera.

Monsieur Ballon. Danseur de l'opera.

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Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

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Ertinger Franz - Bellerophon - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Bellerophon - Engraving, Public domain image

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Incas: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Incas: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Ballet des muses: allegorie, pour les menus plaisirs du roi

Ballet des muses: allegorie, pour les menus plaisirs du roi

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William de la Cour - L'Ameriquaine

William de la Cour - L'Ameriquaine

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Suivante de Flore: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Suivante de Flore: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Paysanne galante: On fait usage de cet habit dans le Ballet de la Provençale et dans plusieurs ballets du même genre. J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Paysanne galante: On fait usage de cet habit dans le Ballet de la Prov...

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Psyché, a scene from the ballet

Psyché, a scene from the ballet

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Attitudes de danse exécutées à l'Opéra par le Sr. Doberval et Melles Guimard et Alard en 1779

Attitudes de danse exécutées à l'Opéra par le Sr. Doberval et Melles G...

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Le petit sabotier. âgé de cinq ans et demi, dansant l'entrée de Pierrot.

Le petit sabotier. âgé de cinq ans et demi, dansant l'entrée de Pierro...

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[Thedragon of Wantley]., Art print depicting dance

[Thedragon of Wantley]., Art print depicting dance

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Beaupré danseur à l'Opéra. - Engraving, Public domain image

Beaupré danseur à l'Opéra. - Engraving, Public domain image

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La bien venue; le début de Mad'elle Chameroy en Paradis.

La bien venue; le début de Mad'elle Chameroy en Paradis.

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Ertinger Franz - Alcine - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Alcine - Engraving, Public domain image

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Africain: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Africain: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

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Silphe dans le Ballet des elements: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Silphe dans le Ballet des elements: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Mlle. Sallé. - Engraving, Public domain image

Mlle. Sallé. - Engraving, Public domain image

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Paysan galant: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Paysan galant: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Venus - Drawing. Public domain image.

Venus - Drawing. Public domain image.

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[Piramo e Tisbe] - Engraving, Public domain image

[Piramo e Tisbe] - Engraving, Public domain image

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Silphide dans Le ballet des éléments

Silphide dans Le ballet des éléments

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Ertinger Franz - Tancrède - Engraving, Public domain image

Ertinger Franz - Tancrède - Engraving, Public domain image

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Ertinger Franz - L'idile de Sceaux

Ertinger Franz - L'idile de Sceaux

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Unidentified ballet - Salle Marie

Unidentified ballet - Salle Marie

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For the benefit of Mademoiselle Violette at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, Wednesday February the 11th

For the benefit of Mademoiselle Violette at the Theatre Royal in Drury...

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Paysanne galante: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Paysanne galante: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Faune: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

Faune: J. B. Martin inv. et sculp

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Jason et medée. Ballet tragique, British Cartoon Print

Jason et medée. Ballet tragique, British Cartoon Print

"Gaetan Vestris as Jason between two ladies of the ballet..." (Source: George) [N. Dance?, del. ; Bartolozzi, sc.]. This record contains unverified data from George. Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires ... More

Les caprices de la goute, ballet arthritique

Les caprices de la goute, ballet arthritique

Satire showing men with limbs strapped in wooden cases performing exercise for gout in the establishment of Abraham Buzaglo.

William de la Cour - La masquarade

William de la Cour - La masquarade

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Signor Vestris Senr. in the character of the Prince in the grand pantomime [sic] ballet (call'd) Ninette à la cour

Signor Vestris Senr. in the character of the Prince in the grand panto...

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Mr. Vestris, Junr. dans le role de Colas dans le ballet de Ninette a la cour: in the character of Colas, in the ballet of Ninette a la cour

Mr. Vestris, Junr. dans le role de Colas dans le ballet de Ninette a l...

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William de la Cour - Jacob de Gheyn II - La jardiniere Italienne

William de la Cour - Jacob de Gheyn II - La jardiniere Italienne

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Basan Francois - La guinguette - Engraving, Public domain image

Basan Francois - La guinguette - Engraving, Public domain image

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Ertinger Franz - L'Europe galante

Ertinger Franz - L'Europe galante

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[Scene de ballet] - A drawing of a group of people standing in a courtyard

[Scene de ballet] - A drawing of a group of people standing in a court...

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Ertinger Franz - Psyché - A black and white drawing of a woman laying on a bed

Ertinger Franz - Psyché - A black and white drawing of a woman laying ...

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Ertinger Franz - Le temple de la paix

Ertinger Franz - Le temple de la paix

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Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

Pastoral dance scenes of the eighteenth century

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Ballet: La bergere galante, Dance

Ballet: La bergere galante, Dance

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[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

[Ouverture et airs du ballet de Telemaque]

Ballet choreographed by Pierre Gardel. Originally for orchestra; arranged for piano. Title from another copy of the work. LC copy trimmed to 31 cm and lacking title page and plate number; possibly one of two pu... More

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