COYPEL Charles-Antoine (1694-1752) peintre, graveur, et auteur dramatique

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COYPEL Charles-Antoine (1694-1752) peintre, graveur, et auteur dramatique

2 MANUSCRIPTS, Les Jugemens téméraires; 152 pages in-4 (plus qqs ff. blanks) in 7 notebooks sewn with a blue ribbon, gold edges, and 160 pages in-8 in 7 notebooks sewn with gold edges (some wettings).
Two complete manuscripts of this unpublished play.
The painter and engraver Charles-Antoine Coypel was also a playwright, and was director of the Royal Academy of Music; only one of his forty or so plays was published,
Les Folies de Cardenio.
The Duke de La Vallière owned a manuscript of Charles Coypel's Theatre, in 6 volumes in-4, bringing together 21 plays (no. 3463), including Les Jugements littéraires: "All these plays by Charles Coypel, from a family that was fertile in painters, who died in 1752, have not been printed. He was very jealous not to make them public, & it is by a proof of the greatest confidence that Mr.
Duke de la Vallière had a copy of all those he confessed."
Beautiful copies put in the net of this comedy in 3 acts, in prose, remained unpublished, and featuring brothers, friends and rivalries, on the way to the wedding.
The second copy bears at the head an epistle dedicated to the abbot of ROTHELIN [Charles d'Orléans, abbot of Rothelin (1691-1744), numismatist, theologian and litterator, member of the French Academy], where the author informs that "Monsieur l'Abbé de Rothelin, himself warned in favour of my writings, has deigned to give me his advice to purify my style; and that I had the happiness of being loved by the one whose character I have tried to paint in the character of Aristotle"...
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