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Maker(s):Moreau, Jean-Michel le Jeune
Culture:French (1741 - 1814)
Title:The Royal Banquet
Date Made:1782
Materials:pen and black ink with brush and grey ink wash over graphite on cream antique laid paper, laid down on cream antique paper, drawing bordered by a ruled line in pen and black ink
Place Made:France
Measurements:mount: 13 1/16 x 11 7/8 in.; 33.1788 x 30.1625 cm; sheet: 10 3/4 x 10 5/16 in.; 27.305 x 26.1938 cm; image: 10 11/16 x 10 5/16 in.; 27.1463 x 26.1938 cm
Narrative Inscription:  signed and dated in pen and black in at lower right: J. M. Moreau je leune 1782
Accession Number:  SC 1973.13.2
Credit Line:Purchased
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

large room, arches with drapery along top, numerous chandeliers and crowded figures along bottom [faint lines of abandoned drawing on verso]

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Maddy Barker, class of 2015:

These two drawings were studies for a series of four prints made to commemorate the festivities put on by the city of Paris following the long-awaited birth of the Dauphin (heir to the throne) in 1782. Louis XVI ignored France’s economic troubles with festivities that were the last celebrations of the Ancien Régime. In The Royal Banquet, the table is set for 78 members of the royal family and members of the court. The cavernous space, filled by spectators, is open to the sky and overshadows the King and Queen. The exquisite architecture, decorations, and scale of the ballroom in the Masked Ball also distract from the surprise visit of the King and Queen (seen under the central arch).

interiors; architecture; men; women; royalty; food

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