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Harlequinade     Harlequinade
The first known harlequinades are manuscripts dating to c.1700. Robert Sayer printed and published several series in 1771 in London.
The name derives from arlecchino, a Commedia dell’Arte figure.

It refers to a genre of picture that incorporates a special folding technique to enable manipulation of the images, and anticipates later picture books where images are similarly transformed. A picture is either concealed or revealed by overlapping half-pages, in a total of four combinations.