Jean-Baptiste Lallemand (Dijon 1716 – 1803 Paris): The Théâtre de l’Odéon
Watercolour, black chalk, framing lines in pen and black ink, incised
289 x 377 mm, 113/8x 147/8in.
André-Gaspard-Parfait de Bizemont Prunelé (L.128)
Jean-Baptiste Lallemand executed one hundred and forty drawings from different sites across France to illustrate the book Description générale et particulière de la France, published in twelve volumes from 1781 to 1796. The present drawing View of the Théatre de l’Odéon is reproduced in the first part of the volume dedicated to Paris. The illustration is entitled Vue du Théâtre Françaisbecause it was the first theatre to host the Théâtre-Français company at its opening in 1782. Lallemand also drew other views of Parisian theatres to illustrate the same volume: the Théâtre des Italiens, the Théâtre des Variétés, and the Opera.