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Gabriel-Jacques de Saint-Aubin: 'A Street Show in Paris'
Harlequin and Crispin are seen duelling on a simple stage. They are characters from the 'commedia dell'arte', a popular form of comic theatre that originated in Italy. Street theatre was popular in 18th-century Paris. The trees in this picture form a arch which makes the spectators as much a spectacle as the show itself.

A picture of approximately the same size, 'La Réunion du Boulevard' (now at Perpignan), may have been intended as a pendant. An etching by Duclos of this picture gives the painter and the date, 1760.

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