Henry Robecchi-E

Milan, April 5th 1827 – October 25th 1889, Ecouen

Becoming French citizen, Henry Robecchi worked in France as decorator in various Paris theaters (Opera, Opera-Comique, Comedy-Francaise, La Gaîté, Théâtre lyrique, etc.). He had a workshop in rue de Lauzun, in Belleville (not yet incorporated in the City of Paris).

In 1859, Henry Robecchi worked for the management team of the city of Soisson (Aisne) – North of France – theater. He drew a project of a fresco for the Faubourg Saint-Waast church :  “Le baptême de Clovis” (the christening of Clovis).

In 1866, the great show “Cendrillon ou la pantoufle merveilleuse” (Cendrillon or the wonderful slipper) was played at the Imperial Châtelet Theater. The sceneries and decorations whave been made by Jean-Louis Chéret (1820-1882), Eugène Fromont and Henry Robecchi.

On September 21st 1872, Henry Robecchi, artist painter, and his wife Germine Peviani, bought a property located in Ecouen, on the “rue de la Châtaigneraie” (Chestnut street). It includes a seven rooms ground floor house, a dwell and a right to access to the little plaza located further in front of it. It has been sold for the amount of 12000 F by Edouard Charles Hugit, artist painter and his wife, Clotilde Adèle Clarisse Delouard. Henry Robecchi made a down payment of 2000 F and the balance of 10000 F in several monthly payments.

In 1882, Henry Robecchi worked with Pierre Theophile Thomas on decoration of two shows : “Mères ennemies” (the enemy mothers) played at l’Ambigu Theater, “Voyage à travers l’impossible” (traveling through the impossible) played at the Porte-Saint-Martin Theater

In 1887, he did the same work for “La Tosca” (Tosca) played at the Porte-Saint-Martin Theater.

Starting January 1st 1890, Henri Robecchi rents to the Butel and Valton Company, for a period of nine years and a price of 6000 F a year, a large workshop and other buildings for the manufacturing of theater decorations. It is located 9-11 “rue de Lauzun” (Lauzun street), in Paris. On July 21st 1898, a bad loan judgment is drawn against the Butel and Valton Company.

Henry Robecchi is the father in law of Charles Edouard Frere who married his daughter Giulia Augustina Maria Robecchi.

Henry and Giulia Robecchi are buried in the Frere family cemetery monument.


For further information, please read the book “L’Ecole d’Ecouen, une colonie de peintres au XIXe siècle” (bilingual French-English).