Printed Textile: "Nina, or the Fool for Love"

Printed by François Gorgerat, French. Manufactured by Gorgerat Frères et Cie, Nantes, France, 1783/85 - 1815. After engraving by Jean François Janinet, French, 1752 - 1814. After gouache by Claude-Jean-Baptiste Hoin, French, 1750 - 1817.

Made in Nantes, France, Europe

c. 1790

Plate print on plain weave cotton

6 feet 3 3/8 inches × 53 1/2 inches (191.5 × 135.9 cm) Pattern Repeat: 38 3/4 x 53 inches (98.4 x 134.6 cm)

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Costume and Textiles

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Currently not on view

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Purchased with funds contributed by Mrs. Alfred Stengel, from the Henri Clouzot Collection, 1929

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The story depicted here is from Nicolas Dalayrac’s (1753–1809) musical comedy Nina, ou la folle par amour (Nina, or the Fool for Love) of 1786, which critiqued contemporary social inequalities. Nina loses her mind after her lover, Germeuil, dies in a duel, but her sanity is restored when he is found alive later in the story. The textile’s vignettes commemorate the musical’s pivotal scenes; in the center, Nina is visibly distressed when her father proposes she marry a wealthier suitor. The images are based on Jean-François Janinet’s engraving of a gouache (opaque watercolor) by Claude-Jean-Baptiste Hoin.

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  • PublicationThe Fine Art of Textiles

    The subject, which was designed after Jean-François Janinet's (1752 - 1814) engraving of a gouache by Claude Hoin (1750 - 1817), is based on a musical comedy written by Nicolas Dalayrac (1743 - 1809) in 1786. Dilys E. Blum, from The Fine Art of Textiles: The Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), p. 43.