Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)

Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Imagerie Pellerin (Epinal, France).
Title: Imagerie d'Épinal (portable theatre scenes)
Dates: circa 1870
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (8 oversized folders A)
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.
Coll. Number: ms1511

Biographical/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.


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

Index Terms

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

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

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