Collections: Special Topics and Strengths

Important areas within Special Collection, with information on library resources and other research resources.

George Sand and her private theater

Costume drawing in color by Maurice Sand

George Sand lived in her country house at Nohant during the summers, beginning in 1837. There she wrote many of her novels and entertained artists and writers, such as Gustave Flaubert, Balzac, Delacroix, Franz Liszt.

Beginning in 1847, she and her son Maurice also wrote and performed plays for their family and friends, as well as marionnette plays. Performances became more and more elaborate, with the participation of family, local friends, visitors and professional actors. Maurice created posters for the productions and invitations were sent out. Performances continued until 1863, when Sand left Nohant for her house in Palaiseau.

Special Collections has a nice collection of plays and ephemera from the Théâtre de Nohant, including Maurice's posters, playbills, and watercolor drawings.


Ephemera from the Théâtre in JHU Libraries

Original Posters

  • A recent purchase includes 9 original posters made by Maurice Sand for his mother's plays that were performed at the Théâtre de Nohant. They date from 1850 to 1862.
  • Maurice was tasked with the job of "publicité" for the theater, and he designed and wrote/drew these posters.
  • They are part of a larger Maurice Sand Collection.

Related Manuscripts

Resources in and out of the Library