THE IVANHOE BALL, AN ATTENDEE’S COPY

[Costumes d’Ivanhoe au bal donné par ... le prince et princess d’Orange à Bruxelles, mercredi le 5 février 1823.]

Brussels, 1823.

Ten lithographs by Marcellin Jobard after Lagarenne (signed FL in the plate), featuring 21 characters from Ivanhoe, with printed captions below (and the actors names added in pencil); contemporary-hand-colouring, tissue guards; bound without the printed paper covers but with a folding ‘Programme de la Marche des Costumes’ bound in at the front (old repairs to the folds); a very good copy, in contemporary green straight-grain morocco, covers gilt with an elaborate border and lettered direct (‘Illustrations of Ivanhoe’), edges and corners rubbed; contemporary armorial bookplate of Joseph Ffeilden.

£1200

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First and only edition of a fine and rare suite of ten hand-coloured lithographs commemorating a ball inspired by Scott's Ivanhoe, held in Brussels on 5 February 1823 by the Prince and Princess of Orange in honour of the British community in that city. There were thirty-two guests at the ball, all attending in elaborate costume, and dancing a quadrille that became the talk of the town, and remained ‘the principal topic of conversation at Brussels’ several months later (The Repository of Arts, May 1823). According the printed programme, Lord Danlo was Ivanhoe, the Black Knight was played by Mr de Janti, and Mrs Berkley took the role of Rowena. Further down the list is Mrs Fielden (sic), as Alicia, wife of the Joseph Ffeilden who owned this copy – she can be seen on the left in Plate VII.

The Brussels ‘Ivanhoe Ball’ is one of the earliest expressions of Scottomania, and of a revival of interest in medieval pageantry, that occupied European high society following the publication of Ivanhoe in 1819. The event was commemorated in this elaborate production by Belgium’s most prominent lithographic press. Jobart later became Belgium’s first photographer.

COPAC shows copies at NLS, Edinburgh, and V&A. OCLC adds Paris-INHA only.

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