1822 · Paris
Two etchings, left, poke fun at the elegant Parisian hair styles that emerged after the Revolution. After 1792 the wearing of the wig was prohibited in the name of equality of appearance. In the bottom print #39 (Le titus et les Cache-Folie) we see the return of fashionable hairstyles that imitated Roman emperors "à la Titus", "à la Brutus" or "à la Caracalla".
In the two etching of high-wire artists, right, performers in costume dance on either two or four "cordes". In print No 33, "Le Incomparable Ravel" Jean Ravel is pictured on the tight rope playing a guitar accompanying a dancing couple. Ravel founded a four generation clan of French circus performers. The core of the troupe consisted of Jean's children Gabriel Antoine (1812-1872), Angelique (1813-1895), Jerome (1814-1890) and Francoise (1823-1881). Trained in Italy and based out of Paris, the family toured all the major countries of Europe, as well as, America starting in 1825. Their large productions consisted of pantomime, ballet, tumbling, wirewalking and balancing. (Inventory #: 983816)