Fesch (Johann Ludwig, 1697-1778)\nCostume design for Hippolyte and Thésée, from Racine's 'Phedre', Act IV\n\npoint of the brush and ink, bodycolour, graphite, heightened with gold, on vellum, 100 x 90 mm., inscribed 'Thesée/ Hippolyte/ Dans Phèdre, Act.IV.' lower centre, with further inscription on contemporary note attached to reverse that reads 'Theatre Francois/ [?] Thomas [?] Bouchard/ Molé/ 1769 - 22', minor surface dirt, circa 1769\n\n⁂ Phèdre was first performed in 1677, and was a dramatic tragedy in five acts written in alexandrine verse by Jean Racine (1639-1699). The present drawing, according to a contemporary note on the reverse, depicts Monsieur Bouchard and Monsieur Molé in costume as Thesée and Hippolyte in a production from 1769.