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Alceste

Description: This is a ca. 1774 score of the opera "Alceste" by Anton Schweitzer based on a libretto by Christoph Wieland. The work premiered in Weimar in 1773. The plot was based on the Greek legend of Alcestis, on the subject of female virtue and conjugal love. The library's copy contains an engraved illustration that portrays a domestic scene. The score does not indicate the musical instruments and the music, which is notated in two, three or four staves, contains the German text underlaid with indication of the character who sings.
Date: 1774
Creator: Schweitzer, Anton, 1735-1787.
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Silvain

Description: This one-act opera to a libretto by Marmontel is dedicated "a son Altesse Royale Monseigneur Le Prince Charles de Pologne." This full score features a catalogue of Grétry's music on the verso of the title page. The opera was premiered in Paris on 19 February 1770 at the Comédie-Italiènne.
Date: 1770~
Creator: Grétry, André-Ernest-Modeste, 1741-1813
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Lady Elizabeth Delmé and Her Children

Description: Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Delmé, seated under a tree with her left arm around a young boy and girl. A dog is seated in front of the children. Other trees are visible in teh background.
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Date: 1777/1779
Creator: Reynolds, Joshua
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Echo et Narcisse, drame lyrique en trois actes

Description: After the resounding success of Iphigénie en Tauride (1779), Gluck set out to compose his last of the seven Paris operas, which turned out to be his final opera. Whereas Iphigénie en Tauride is often considered Gluck’s best opera, its immediate successor, Echo et Narcisse (1779) was ill-fated and quickly disappeared from the repertoire. Echo was premiered a mere four months after Tauride, and the Parisian audience was not prepared for the differences between these two operas. Although the music resembles that of his other French operas, the pastoral story lacks the dramatic intensity that viewers expected in a Gluck opera. Thus, the serene music—though it is at times quite beautiful— lacks dramatic impulse.
Date: 1779
Creator: Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787 & Tschudi, Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Théodore, baron de, 1734-1784
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Abigail Smith Babcock (Mrs Adam Babcock)

Description: Oil painting of Abigail Smith Babcock wearing a pink-colored gown and a fur-lined cloak. She is seated for the portrait, facing toward the right side of the painting. She appears to be holding beads in her hands.
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Date: 1774~
Creator: Copley, John Singleton
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Mrs. John Lothrop

Description: Portrait of Mrs. John Lothrop, pictured from the waist up. She is wearing a yellow dress with white accents, and has flowers in her hair. She is holding a rose and a fan in her hands and more flowers are visible in the background.
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Date: 1770~
Creator: Durand, John
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Benjamin West

Description: Portrait of Benjamin West, visible from the waist up, posing with his right elbow on a table. He is wearing a blue coat and dark hat, holding a frame in his left hand.
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Date: 1776~
Creator: West, Benjamin
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Alceste: tragedie opera en trois actes

Description: According to Grove Music, "when Admetus, King of Pherae in Thessaly, is ill and about to die an oracle announces that he will be saved if someone else is willing to die in his stead. His wife Alcestis displays her conjugal devotion by offering herself; she dies and Admetus recovers. Under the influence of tragédie lyrique, Calzabigi enriched his libretto with choruses, ballets and opportunities for impressive scenery."
Date: 1776
Creator: Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787; Calzabigi, Ranieri de, 1714-1795 & Du Roullet, François Louis Gaud Lebland, marquis, 1716-1786
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Self-Portrait

Description: The portrait is of a man wearing head covering, glasses and gazing straight out of the picture plane.
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Date: 1775
Creator: Chardin, Jean-Siméon
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Colonie : opéra comique en deux actes

Description: La colonie is Nicolas Etienne Framery’s French parody of Sacchini’s Italian L’isola d’amore, which was premiered during the 1766 Roman carnival. However, Framery chose music in a pastiche-like fashion from various Sacchini operas, without actually using any arias from L’isola d’amore. Although the operas that Sacchini specifically composed for Paris faced resistance from opponents of foreign composers, La colonie received praise from critics. The 1775 French premiere at the Comédie-Italienne was quite successful; the work even drew comparisons with Pergolesi’s wildly popular La serva padrona.
Date: 1776
Creator: Sacchini, Antonio, 1730-1786 & Framery, Nicolas Etienne, 1745-1810
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Voltaire Nude

Description: quasi-total from front
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Date: 1776
Creator: Pigalle, Jean-Baptiste
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Voltaire Nude

Description: half-length from right
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Date: 1776
Creator: Pigalle, Jean-Baptiste
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The Punished Son

Description: mother and returning repentant son
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Date: 1778
Creator: GREUZE, Jean Baptiste
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The Punished Son

Description: No Description Available.
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Date: 1778
Creator: GREUZE, Jean Baptiste
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