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A Fête in the Colisée
  • Gabriel-Jacques de Saint-Aubin (1724 - 1780)
  • A Fête in the Colisée
  • France
  • 1772
  • Drawing
  • Black chalk, ink, watercolour and bodycolour on paper
  • Overall size: 16.8 x 22.6 cm
    Frame size: 21.1 x 26.8 cm
  • Signature: 'colisée / dessiné sur lieu par / Gabriel de St Aubin 1772', the 't' of 'St' in superscript
    Signature: 'G. d St A 1722.' The 't' of 'St' is in superscript
    Inscription: 'les elements les saisons les points cardinaux les points de jour'
  • P780
  • Boudoir Cabinet
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • This drawing is one of Saint-Aubin's most brilliant works and one of his most elaborate and finished drawings. It shows a public ball in the Colisée, a luxurious place for public entertainment on the Champs-Elysées that was built in 1770 following the example of London's Vauxhall pleasure gardens and demolished in 1785. Saint-Aubin apparently began the drawing on the spot as can be seen from the notes recording the sculpted female figures in the dome. The complicated technique of the drawing required a thorough reworking in the studio. Saint-Aubin produced a series of drawings of the Colisée of which this sheet is by far the most elaborate and most important.