Berlioz by Dantan jeune, 1833. Photo courtesy of  Talabardon & Gautier.
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The best portraits are perhaps those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature. . . . Something is lost in accuracy; but much is gained in effect.

—Lord Macaulay, Machiavelli (1828)

One of the more unusual items in the Bibliothèque Nationale’s manuscript collection is an autograph album containing a number of...

 
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