Le sucre aux raves, opera pour 1808
NamesLindet, L. (Léon), 1857-1929 (Associated name)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1800 - 1810 (Approximate)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Sucr 1
TopicsAchard, Franz Carl, 1753-1821 -- Caricatures and cartoonsBeet sugar industry -- FranceMusicians
NotesCaption title. It is followed by the words "Premiéres 40. Sols."The Bibliothèque Nationale de France holds a copy of this print, cataloged under the title Pièce facétieuse.Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein, 1968.Biographical/historical: Despite its title, this print does not appear to depict an actual theatrical performance. Its significance and symbolism were analyzed in detail in 1900 by M[onsieur?] L. [Leon?] Lindet in various industrial journals and in a presentation before the Société nationale d'agriculture. "Le sucre aux raves" or beet sugar was introduced to France after supplies of cane sugar from the colonies were cut off by the British blockade of French ports that began in 1806. Lindet identifies the central figure in the print, a bespectacled man holding a coffee cup and a sugar loaf inscribed with the words "J'y suis," as Franz Karl Achard, a scientist who developed a method of extracting beet sugar in quantity. The blindfolded female figure of Fortune holds a crown over his head. The kneeling woman represents the colonial cane sugar producers; she pleads with a monocled middleman, who advises patience. The cat, symbolizing jealousy, and the dog, symbolizing loyalty, represent conflicting emotions in the situation. The caption "Raccommodez la Cafetiére" [mend the coffeepot] may be a directive to the metalsmith depicted below, who is doing exactly that. Evidently sugar was essential to the French enjoyment of coffee during that period. According to Lindet, the sentences at the bottom of the print also refer to beet sugar: "Se vend, Justement, Loyalement, Probement & Intêgrement, dans les principales Villes de l'Europe, pour le prix de L:2 de France" and "Eclos et déposé dans l'Univers, par les loix sacrées de la Nature."
Physical DescriptionEngravingsExtent: 1 print : engraving, b&w ; 38 x 25 cm., plate mark 33 x 21 cm.
DescriptionSatirical print, the top section of which is set in a stage-like space surmounted by a mask of Comedy. Six men, two women, a little boy, and a cat and a dog occupy the space. Most of them, including the animals, have printed comments emanating from their mouths. In the lower portion of the print, under the caption "Raccommodez la Cafetiére &c." is a half-length image of an artisan with a coffeepot and various tools, with the words "Qu'ils vivent!" framing his head. He is flanked by ovals containing images of a kettle and a brazier-like object.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825562971NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759952Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5672cbe0-b0d2-0133-4852-00505686a51c
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