Engraved print of a ballet at Versailles

Engraved print of a ballet at Versailles

This engraving shows a comedy-ballet called The Princess of Navarre being performed at the French Royal Palace of Versailles, just outside Paris. It was produced as part of the celebrations of a royal marriage; the King's son, the Dauphin, had become engaged to Maria Theresa of Spain. The composer Jean Philippe Rameau was asked to write the ballet in partnership with the author Voltaire. The decorations were arranged by Charles Nicolas Cochin who also made this engraving of the event.