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'Le ballet des abeilles'

'Le ballet des abeilles'


A carte-de-visite portrait of an unidentified dancer, seen here in the costume she wore in Le ballet des abeilles [The Ballet of the Bees]. The production, which is identified by an inked inscription verso in a period hand, was performed at the Tuileries as part of a costume ball thrown by the Empress Eugénie. An engraving of the event shows a circle of twelve female dancers, all wearing the same costume as the one seen in this portrait, surrounded by costumed guests in a packed room.

Photographed by Disdéri of Paris.
 

Code: 125155
 
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