Le chahut au bal de l'Opéra

Lami began his career as a lithographer, depicting mostly military subjects. By the late 1830s his attention shifted to subjects of royal pageantry and bourgeois society. After the fall of Louis-Philippe in 1848, Lami fled to England where he chronicled the festivities of English society in his watercolors. The present sheet dates to his English period.

We are grateful to Mrs. Caroline Imbert for her help with the catalogue note.

Signature: Signed and dated 'E. Lami 1851'

P.A. Lemoisne, L'oeuvre d'Eugène Lami 1800-1890, Paris, 1914, p. 155, no. 649.

Félix Doistau; Paris.

Gilbert Lévy; his sale, Paris, Drouot, 6 May 1987, lot 57.

Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 17 June 1992, lot 421.

with W.M. Brady & Co., Inc., New York, cat., no. 21, illus., 1993.

About Eugène-Louis Lami

French, 1800-1890, Paris, France, based in Paris, France