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Recherches sur les costumes et sur les théatres de toutes les nations, tant anciennes que modernes

Illustrated by Philippe Chéry (French, 1759–1838), Engraved by Pierre Michel Alix (French, 1762–1817), Engraved by Ridé (French, active late 18th–early 19th century), Engraved by Villeneuve (French, 18th century), Author Jean Charles Le Vacher de Charnois (French, about 1750–1792), Printer Drouhin (French, active in 1790s)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 227


Overall (each vol.): 26 x 20.3 x 3.2 cm (10 1/4 x 8 x 1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 55 lavis-manner color engravings, additionally hand-colored

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Drouhin, 1790) Quarto, two vols.; [v. 1] 81 leaves, plus 31 plates; [v. 2] 89 ll., plus 24 pls.; contemporary gilt-stamped speckled brown calf.

Illustrations of ancient costumes for theatrical characters; diagrams of garment construction; allegorical frontispiece; map.

Paris: Drouhin, 1790


Acquired in 1919 by William A. Sargent, Boston (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent