Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0
Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art | Licence: CC0 1.0

Decoration Executed for the Birthday of His Majesty the King of Westphalia

1811

Pierre-Luc-Charles Cicéri

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Title

Decoration Executed for the Birthday of His Majesty the King of Westphalia

Date

1811

Description

A scenic designer for the Paris Opera, Cicéri created this decoration for a performance celebrating the birthday of Emperor Napoleon’s brother, Jérôme Bonaparte (1784–1860), King of Westphalia, a vassal state of territories taken from Prussia and its allies. Antoine-André Bruguière, named in the inscription as the commissioner of the decoration, was Westphalia’s secretary of the ministry of war and the superintendent of theaters in Kassel, the state’s capital city. The title of the special performance is unknown, but the triumphal arch, Corinthian columns topped with vases, and classical statues all suggest a Roman theme.
Inscription: verso, center right, in graphite: 1930; secondary support, lower center, in graphite (under primary support): Bas; lower center, in brown ink: décoration Exécutée pour l'anniversaire de la naissance de S. M. le Roi de Wesphalie, / Ordonnée par Monsieur bruguière Surintendant des théatres. / Dessin exécuté au théâtre de Cassel en 1811, par cicéri, Ier ["er" underlined] peintre de l'Opéra.
Medium: Pen and black ink and watercolor with graphite; heightened with white gouache on off-white wove paper
Dimensions: Sheet: 32 x 42.3 cm (12 5/8 x 16 5/8 in.); Secondary Support: 44 x 53.2 cm (17 5/16 x 20 15/16 in.)
Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
Accesion Number: 2008.341
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Location

Germany

Country

Continent

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