Guide to "Le Menuet de la Cour" drawing attributed to Le Couteur, circa 1775

"Le Menuet de la Cour" drawing attributed to Le Couteur C0455


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Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Le Couteur
Title "Le Menuet de la Cour" drawing attributed to Le Couteur
Date circa 1775
Physical Characteristics .01 Linear Feet
Abstract Original pencil drawing of a couple performing the minuet, with accompanying musicians and onlookers, presumably set in a French ball. The drawing is titled "Le Menuet de la Cour" which translates from the French to "The Minuet of the Court."
Collection Number C0455
Language French

Historical Information

The Minuet, or "le Menuet" in French, was a couple's dance, and was massively popular in the 17th and 18th century French and English courts. It was especially popular during the reign of Louis XIV of France. The minuet was known for its extremely intricate moves, and was synonymous with etiquette and class ranking. According to dance historian Julia Sutton, "Following the strictest order of protocol, each couple danced alone before their peers and addressed the Presence (those personages of highest rank who sat at the top of the hall) while, presumably, they entertained each other through their charm and flirtatiousness. The goal was to demonstrate by their exquisite manners, dress, and skill that they were indeed worthy adornments to society; their observers were active participants in the dance as well, judging every step and gesture with the utmost refinement and - should the dancers be truly elegant and charming - with great pleasure." The dance was so popular, minuet sequences appeared in operas and symphonies of the day, including Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Handel's "Berenice."

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Scope and Content

Original pencil drawing of a couple performing the minuet, with accompanying musicians and onlookers, presumably set in a French ball. The drawing is titled "Le Menuet de la Cour" which translates from the French to "The Minuet of the Court." The drawing is attributed to Le Couteur, created circa 1775. There is an inscription on the back from 1819.

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Arrangement

This is a single item collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Public Domain. There are no known restrictions.

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Related Material

The Special Collections Research Center holds many other collections and materials on the Performing Arts.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Art
Dance
Drawing
Minuet (Dance)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This drawing is roughly 16" by 20".

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

"Le Menuet de la Cour" drawing attributed to Le Couteur, C0455, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Steve Gerber from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians on 10/13/2011.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Amanda Brent in September 2020. EAD markup completed by Amanda Brent in September 2020. This item was formerly part of the Performing Arts Manuscript Materials collection, C0215.

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Bibliography

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. "Minuet." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Encyclopaeia Britannica, inc., September 18, 2019. https://www.britannica.com/art/minuet.

The Minuet: An Elegant PhoenixAuthor(s): Julia SuttonSource: Dance Chronicle, 1985, Vol. 8, No. 3/4 (1985), pp. 119-152Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.Stable URL: http://www.jstor.com/stable/1567579.

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