COYPEL Charles-Antoine (1694-1752)

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COYPEL Charles-Antoine (1694-1752)
MANUSCRIPT with autograph corrections, Le Talent; 133 pages in-4 in 6 notebooks bound with a blue ribbon, gold edges (lightly wetted).

Complete manuscript of this unpublished piece. The painter and engraver Charles-Antoine Coypel was also a playwright and director of the Royal Academy of Music; only one of his forty or so plays was published, Les Folies de Cardenio.

The Duc de La Vallière owned a manuscript of Charles Coypel's Theatre, in 6 volumes in-4, containing 21 plays (no. 3463), including Le Talent: "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 was by a proof of the greatest confidence that the Duke de la Vallière had a copy of all those he confessed. "

Complete manuscript of this "heroï-comic allegory in three acts", in prose, with a few autograph corrections. It is dedicated to Louis FAGON, Intendant of Finances (1714), Ordinary Councillor of State, and member of the Royal Council since 1722: "I cannot prove better how necessary it is for Talent to be under the protection of the Good Spirit, than by presenting it to you"...

The play features a dozen allegorical characters in the Palais de la Fortune, in its gardens, or in "le sejour de la Modération": The Good Spirit, protector of Talent, Talent, Criticism, Ambition, Envy, Flattery, Daze, Fortune, Adversity, Moderation, Avarice and Abundance. Despite the efforts of Ambition, Envy and Flattery to lose it, Talent triumphs, supported by the Good Spirit...
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