Albert A. Harcourt, Alexandrivoire in L'Oeil Crevé - 1872 watercolour painting

An original 1872 watercolour painting, Albert A. Harcourt Alexandrivoire in L'Oeil Crevé.

A striking portrait of Mlle Clary playing the character of Alexandrivoire in the opéra bouffe L'Oeil Crevé performed at the Opera Comique theatre in 1872. The Opera Comique which existed in Westminster, London, 1870-1902, is best remembered for hosting several of the early Gilbert and Sullivan operas' original runs.

Unsigned. Inscribed verso: 'Mlle Clary as Alexandrivoire in L'Oeil Crevé by Herve at Opera-Comique. 1872'.
Some minor age toning as shown.
17.2cm x 9.1cm.

This work comes from an intriguing collection of pictures we have for sale by Albert A. Harcourt, of South Belgravia, London. Harcourt clearly took a very keen interest in some of the visual spectacles that were available to him, as a late Victorian gentleman-about-town. Many of the studies in this collection depict the characters in popular plays and operettas that were on the London stage during the period, and a particular taste for the French-themed productions that were fashionable at the time, with their elaborate costumes.

Ships were clearly another of Harcourt’s interests: many different types of sailing vessel are depicted in the sketchbook, again with a real eye for detail. Finally, though an address in Belgravia would certainly have been convenient for visiting London’s theatres, Harcourt appears to have been extremely well travelled. One sketch of a ship in our collection is described as being made ‘off Cape Horn,’ while other works depict Native Americans, apparently in the United States. Other, later sketchbooks by Harcourt exist showing the various types of people to be found in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe). Wherever he went, it seems, Harcourt was fascinated by variations in dress and appearance, and the means of travel around the world.

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Product code: JK-865

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