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Annette and Lubin, 1789

Philibert-Louis Debucourt
French, 1755 - 1832
etching in colour on laid paper
42 x 32 cm irregular; plate: 40.5 x 30.2 cm with portrait vignette
Purchased 1981
National Gallery of Canada (no. 26630)

The play "Annette and Lubin" by Madame Favart was performed for the first time in 1762. It was inspired by a story by Marmontel, whose "prodigious" success was referred to in Baron Grimm's "Correspondence". In 1789, Debucourt put this print up for sale on a subscription basis, announcing that half of the income would be given to ageing actors. The actress who had first played the role of Annette was sixty years old by that time.

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