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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 94, June 16-17, 1855

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Identifier: DX03889680

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 94, June 16-17, 1855

Description: Describes attending a theatrical performance in Paris.


gent faced girl playing on the violin, her father accompanying her on a queer instrument like to a fat fiddle, from the bottom of which he drew wires and harmony. A knot of bearded students' were gazing on, farther up the court, some Clanchisseuses, and other idlers. With the old, old houses above, it was a very picturesque, very Parisian scene, and the singers performers got plenty of sous. During dinner the rain fell dismally, so subsequently we took a cab, and with the Staffordshire man went to the Theatre Imperial Du Cirque, situate, (I think) in the Boulevard Montmartre. The piece played was "Les Pilules du Diable," a sort of pantomime burlesque, involving many comic changes of scenery, and much dancing. The actors were excellent, the dancing also, but sensual. Perhaps the performance of the "Pierrots" was the most noticeable, quaintest, and oddest conceivable. The play was very lengthy, commencing at 7, and concluding by 11 1/2 or later, with an odd shadow finale, in which all the characters successfully, or in pairs, appeared on the disc of a huge circle, occupying the whole stage, vanishing as it were, by springing at the audience. The theatre is a handsome one, and was well filled. Took a Vanille Glacee at a Cafe, then walked back to our court, rang up Porter to open closed gate, and to bed.

17. Sunday. Staffordshire man off for England. We three out with Edenshaw, a Londoner, employed at one Louer's an adjacent surgical instrument maker, to whom we have been made known by Marshall. To the Invalides, where lies Napoleon under a canopy in which is displayed a marvellous effect of light

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-06-16

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Music


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