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Costumes for Universal Harmony in Louis XIII’s Court Ballets

Franklin Brooks

Brooks, Franklin, "Costumes for Universal Harmony in Louis XIII’s Court Ballets", dans Cahiers du XVIIe siècle, 1989, vol. III, 1.

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In 1985 a cache of 188 early seventeenth-century French costume drawings came to light in Switzerland and quickly made its way onto the art market, so quickly in fact that no French institution could move fast enough to purchase even one. The Victoria and Albert’s Theatre Museum got a lion’s share and collaborated with the London art dealers, Hobhouse Limited and Morton-Morris and Company Limited, to publish all of them in an album, The Court Ballet of Louis XIII (1986), for which Professor Margaret McGowan of Sussex University wrote the introduction and presumably the notes. Her unequaled knowledge of these ballets allowed her to assign almost all of these drawings to some twenty ballets of the period from 1615-1633.

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