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The Pastoral Play

A work made of etching with foul biting in blue-green on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching with foul biting in blue-green on ivory laid paper.




Theodore Roussel
French, worked in England, 1847-1926

About this artwork

Lady Archibald Campbell, born Janey Sevilla Callander, was an aristocratic patron of Whistler’s and the subject of three etchings and one pastel by Roussel. She performed in pastoral plays (outdoor theater), which she and her husband produced; this etching shows her at right, in the role of Pierrot in Théodore de Banville’s Le baiser. The play was performed on August 8, 1888, in Cannizaro Wood in the London suburb of Wimbledon. Part of the audience that day, Roussel apparently created the sketch for the print on the spot.


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Theodore Roussel


The Pastoral Play


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Etching with foul biting in blue-green on ivory laid paper


Image/plate: 15.9 × 21.8 cm (6 5/16 × 8 5/8 in.); Sheet, with signature tab: 16.5 × 21.3 cm (6 1/2 × 8 7/16 in.)

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Gift of Meg and Mark Hausberg

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