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Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)

Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)

Descriptive Summary

Title: Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)
Creator: Imagerie Pellerin (Epinal, France)
Inclusive Dates: circa 1870
Language(s): French
Extent: 0.8 Linear Feet (8 oversized folders A)
Collection Number: ms1511
Repository: Hargrett Library
Abstract: The collection consists of colored lithographed sheets of European theatrical stage settings, figures, etc. which were designed to be used by children. Most are numbered and were printed by Pellerin and Cie. At the head of each sheet is Imagerie d'Epinal which was founded in 1796. These sheets were published circa 1870. While overwhelmingly in French, some sheets feature German, English, and Spanish titles. An inventory of the collection is available in the accession folder.

Collection Description

Historical Note

Imagerie d'Épinal, based in Épinal and other French towns, developed a distinct form of comic strip. Throughout the 19th century the common people and particularly children in rural areas of France, The Netherlands, and Germany had subsisted on Imagerie d'Épinal, single, cheap broadsheets hawked about the countryside and in small towns. These documents covered, often in narrative form, such topics of folk interest as religious stories, patriotic histories and fairy tales. The severe and simple didactic plates had a more or less realistic social emphasis. --- Brittanica Online Encyclopedia. Retrieved 3/9/2009.

Organization and Arrangement

Roughly sorted into series by title. See accession file for a more detailed invetory.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Imagerie d'Epinal. MS 1511. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Actors -- France -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Color lithographs.
Comic strips.
Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery.
Toy theaters.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1APrints: Grand Theatre Noveau (Opera)
2APrints: Nouveau Theatre Portatif A Rainures
3APrints: Coulisses (wings)
4APrints: Decores de Theatre
5APrints: Fond (background)
6APrints: Assorted sheets
6APrints: Devanture de Theatre
6APrints: Decoracion de Sala
6AMiscellaneous accessories
7AToy theatre sheets: JFSiE
8AToy theatre sheets: JFSiE