Stage and street, costumes and masks, mime and puppetry...
Clown dressed in a crayfish-drawing costume. Proposed costume by the Landoff workshop for a music-hall review, 1907.
The Performing Arts department
at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu) brings together books and journals, engravings, posters, programs, and files of press cuttings on circuses and circus artists
More specifically, these include the following:
- photographs (collections by photographers Louis Bouchery and Robert Mulle)
- drawings of costumes and clown costumes
- the archives of collectors Jean Villiers and Gustave Fréjaville.
Thanks to the legacy left by collector and historian Tristan Rémy on his death in 1977, the Opera Library
has a large amount of documentation on 19th and 20th century circus. This mainly consists of graphic materials, such as engravings, photographs, and posters, as well as collections of personal notes compiled by Tristan Rémy.