Description François-Joseph Talma (1788-1856) was a French tragic actor. He established the practice of appearing in historically accurate costume, not the contemporary dress of the day, and created a new method of declamation, reciting lines without undue exaggeration and in more moderate diction. Blacklisted due to his support of Napoleon, he established the Théâtre de la Republique.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Bottom center: David; [Inscription] On right: Talma; [Inscription] On obverse: FUMIÈRE / ET CIE SUCRS - THIEBAUT FRES / PARIS
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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