The Picture That Cut Into Three Pieces: William Tell.

Credit: Eugène Du Faget; restored by Adam Cuerden

William Tell
 (Guillaume Tell) is a French-language opera in four acts by the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, first performed in 1829. This watercolour illustration shows costume designs by Eugène Du Faget for three characters for the opera’s premiere: from left to right, Laure Cinti-Damoreau as Mathilde, Adolphe Nourrit as Arnold Melchtal, and Nicolas Levasseur as Walter Furst. The picture had previously been cut up into three separate images (one for each character), and has here been restored.

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