1841 Pierrot / Mime / Pantomime / Debureau 19th c. lith

Offered here is an circa 1841 lithograph of the famous mime DEBUREAU, known as the "godfather of all Pierrots" for the role that made him so renowned.
This is a full-page ORIGINAL lithographic portrait. Also included is the printed biography that accompanied the portrait when it was originally issued. Compared to the second half ofthe 19th-century, there is little visual record of the French stage of the early 1840s, Such prints are important because the artist drew directly from life. The lithograph is printed on chine appliqué (fine china paper) laid down on thicker wove paper. It is in very good condition, with almost no foxing or spotting (see scan). The sheet measures approximately 12 x 9.25 inches (Height x Width).

Jean-Gaspard Deburau , sometimes Debureau (1796 –1846)—born Jan Kašpar Dvořák —was a celebrated Bohemian-French mime. He performed from around 1819 to the year of his death at the Théâtre des Funambules, which was immortalized in Marcel Carné 's poetic-realist film Children of Paradise (1945), where he appears (under his stage-name, "Baptiste") as a major character. His most famous pantomimic creation was Pierrot —a character that served as the godfather of all the Pierrots of Romantic , Decadent , Symbolist , and early Modernist theater and art.

Born in Kolín , Bohemia (now Czech Republic ), Deburau
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