- Doré, Gustave
- Wood engraving
- Lavieille, Jacques Adrien
- Portrait (taller)
- Old Book Illustrations
- Les contes drolatiques (Doré)
- Balzac, Honoré de
- Paris: Garnier Frères, 1881
- Open Library:
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A troupe of jugglers, dancers, and musicians is performing in the courtyard of a medieval castle. A few soldiers in full armor are pushed back against a wall by the graceful movements of a dancing woman, while other soldiers are watching the scene from above, some from a balcony, others sticking their heads out of every available window.
This picture is an illustration for the story, “The Venial Sin,” from Droll Stories.
The caption reads in the original French:
Les ieux de la troupe ægyptiacque.
The translation provided here is from the edition published in London by the Bibliophilist Society, 1874.
Keywords: 1880s, 19th century, black & white, castle, Contes drolatiques, dance, medieval, music, performance