View this item elsewhere:

Josephine Butler collection of dance prints
Lechevallier-Chevignard, Edmond, 1825-1902 (Artist)
Clouet, François, d. 1572 (Artist)
Saint-Aubin, Augustin, 1736-1807 (Artist)
Morin, Louis, 1855-1938 (Artist)
Rowlandson, Thomas, 1756-1827 (Artist)
Gavarni, Paul, 1804-1866 (Artist)
Grego, Joseph, 1843-1908 (Artist)
Doyle, John, 1797-1868 (Artist)
Rosenthal, Toby Edward, ca. 1848-1917 (Artist)
Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952 (Artist)
Reznicek, Ferdinand, Freiherr von, 1868-1909 (Artist)
Teniers, David, 1610-1690 (Artist)
Outhwaite, J. (Jean), 19th cent. (Engraver)
Stephanoff, Francis Philip, 1788-1860 (Artist)
Finden, W. (William), 1787-1852 (Engraver)
Kretschmer, Albert, 1825-1891 (Artist)
Bradford, William, 1779 or 80-1857 (Artist)
Lacauchie, Alexandre (Artist)
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 (Artist)
Elfinger, Anton, 1821-1864 (Artist)
Zinke, Johann Wenzel, 1797-1858 (Engraver)
Edwards, Mary Ellen, 1839-ca. 1910 (Artist)
Evans, Edmund, 1826-1905 (Engraver)
Garnier, Jules, 1847-1889 (Artist)
Butler, Josephine (Collector)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1781 - 1939
Table of Contents
Folder 1. Ballroom dancing, 16th-18th centuries (5 items): Danseur et danseuse sous Henri III, XVIe siècle [and] Jeune vénitienne dansant, XVIIIe siècle [plates 11 and 104 from Costumes historiques de femmes du XIVe au XVIIIe siècle, Paris, 1889] / [Edmond Lechevallier-Chevignard] -- Bal donné à la Cour de Henri III à l'occasion du mariage d'Anne duc de Joyeuse, avec Marguerite de Lorraine. 24 Septemb. 1581 [Paris: Chardon, 18--?] / peint par Clouet; gravé par Giroux -- Le bal paré a Monsieur de Villemorien Fila [Fils?] [18--?] / Aug[ustin] de Saint-Aubin del.; L. Provost sc. -- [Elizabethan ball] / Louis Morin. Ballroom dancing, 19th century (9 items): Don Luigi's ball [London, R. Ackermann, 1815; plate XIII from Engelbach, Lewis, Naples and the campagna felice] / [possibly by Thomas Rowlandson] -- [La valse mazurka, dite la Cellarius; from Cellarius, Henri, La danse des salons, Paris: Hetzel, 1849; trimmed and decorated with paper appliqués] / [engraving by Lavieilles after a drawing by Paul Gavarni] -- Sketch of a ball at Almack's, 1815. Beau Brummel [sic] in deep conversation with the Duchess of Rutland, Comte de St. Antonio, Princess Esterhazy, Sir George Warrender, Count St. Aldigonde [from Gronow, R.H., The reminiscences and recollections of Captain Gronow, various eds., 1889 or later] / [Joseph Grego] -- A ball-room scene: a fragment [London: T. McLean, 1838; depicts Queen Victoria and others] / HB [John Doyle] -- The polka fashions -- Bal constant -- [Two prints of a fancy-dress ball, one with a couple in Spanish costume at center and the other with a couple in Slavic? costume at center; 18--?] / Imp. Lamoureux -- The dancing lesson of our grandmothers; gravure Gebbie & Co., 1888 / Toby E. Rosenthal, pinx. Ballroom dancing, 20th century (3 items): [The cotillion] / [halftone reproduction of a painting by] Howard Chandler Christy, 1901 -- Cake walk; Verlag Albert Langen, Munchen [19--? Reproduced as [plate] XIX in Reznicek's Der Tanz, Munich, Albert Langen, 1908] / [Ferdinand] Reznicek -- Air [illegible] de l'accordion [ca. 1925-1930?] / Gelbert. Folder 2. Folk and ethnic dancing (9 items): The village fete, from the picture in the Royal Collection [18--? The Royal Collection, London, holds the original painting, titled Peasants dancing outside a country house, 1645 / D[avid] Teniers, pinxt. J. Outhwaite sculpt. -- England, the harvest home; Finden's gallery of modern art; London Printing and Publishing Company Limited, [185-?] / drawn by F.P. Stephanoff; engraved by W. Finden -- Danze dei contadini dell'Austria; tav[ola] 226 -- Böhmen, kreis Pilsen [Leipzig: J.G. Bach, 186-? or later; [plate] 66, probably from one of Kretschmer's books on German folk costume, such as Deutsche Volkstrachten ] / A[lbert] Kretschmer -- La tarantella -- Danse du boleras, the boleras dance [probably from Bradford's Sketches of the country, character and costume, in Portugal and Spain: made during the campaign, and on the route of the British Army, in 1808 and 1809, London: Booth, 1809] / Rev. W[illia]m Bradford del.; I. Clark sculp. -- Dance of Lazzaroni children [plate 2 from Italian scenery representing the manners, customs, and amusements of the different states of Italy, London: Orme, 1806] / [P.] Van LerBerghi del.; James Godby sculp. -- Quadrille polonais; no. 12 -- Théâtre des Variétés. La mazurka des salons [nos. 114 and 115 from the Galerie dramatique, Paris, 184-? or later] / par A[lexandre] Lacauchie. Caricatures and cartoons (5 items): Regardez moi [1781; depicts the dancer Gaetan Vestris giving a dance lesson to Lord Chomondeley, portrayed as a goose with a human head] / [James Gillray] -- Le noble pas de deux. A votre tour Mr l'abbé danse n'est pas ce que j'aime, elle m'est deffendue par état. Allons sans grimace et de bonne volonté soiez d'accord avec nous et vive la liberté. Bien entendue que nous payerons les violons [1789; portrays a nobleman dancing with a reluctant priest, while a uniformed fiddler plays] -- Bobbin about to the fiddle, a familly [sic] rehersal [sic] of quadrille dancing, or polishing for a trip to Margate [London, T. Tegg, 1817] / [Charles Williams] -- Die unterbrochene Lektion beim Tanzmeister; Satyrisches Bild no. 37; Wien, Bureau der Theaterzeitung [184-? or later] / Cajetan [pseud. of Anton Elfinger] del.; J.W. Zinke sc. -- Il lui sera beaucoup pardonné parcequ'elle a beaucoup dansé; D'après nature, Imp. Lemercier [185-? or later] / par [Paul] Gavarni. Others (4 items): First lesson in dancing [London, Charles Tilt, 183-? or later] / drawn on stone by G. Coud -- [Two prints of a children's dancing lesson; in the foreground of one, two little girls join hands, observed by a little boy; in the other, a little girl and boy bow to each other; from Routledge's singing quadrille, London, George Routledge & Sons, 187-? or later] / [respectively initialed MEE and MEE, EE; engravings by Edmund Evans after drawings by Mary Ellen Edwards, also known as Mrs. Staples] -- The day of the fete [from Armstrong, William A., ed., The masterpieces of French art illustrated, being a biographical history of art in France, from the earliest period to and including the Salon of 1882, Philadelphia: Gebbie, 1883] / [signed] Jules Garnier, [18]79; Jules Garnier, pinx.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY But 1-35
Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901
Brummell, Beau, 1778-1840
Vestris, Gaëtan, 1729-1808
Ballroom dancing
Ballroom dancing -- Caricatures and cartoons
Folk dancing -- Europe, Western
Child dancers
Cakewalk (Dance)
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Josephine Butler.
Biographical/historical: Josephine DeNatale Butler, 1911-1996, was a dance educator, historian, and author. She began her career in fashion design, but in 1936 she and her husband Albert Butler founded the Albert Butler School of Dance, which she directed for fifty years. They also collaborated on the monumental Encyclopedia of social dancing, versions of which first appeared in the late 1960s. In 1970 she created an archive of social dancing, encompassing print materials, moving images, and other memorabilia, at the Dance Collection (today known as the Jerome Robbins Dance Division) of New York Public Library. These prints were among a collection of additional materials donated to the Library by her estate in 1996, selections from which appeared in the Library's exhibition Cotillion to cakewalk: social dance prints, presented from May 19-Sept. 13, 1997.
Physical Description
Extent: 21 prints : engraving, etching, aquatint, black and white or color ; 37 x 49 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 2 prints : wood engraving, color ; 27 x 23 cm.
Extent: 8 prints : lithograph, black and white or color ; 38 x 38 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 4 photomechanical prints : black and white ; 36 x 33 cm. or smaller.
Illustrations chiefly of ballroom or social dancing, most of them published in the 19th century, although they may depict dances of earlier periods. The collection is arranged in six groups: Ballroom dancing, 16th-18th centuries; Ballroom dancing, 19th century; Ballroom dancing, 20th century; Folk and ethnic dancing; Caricatures and cartoons; Others.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825109211
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758824
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c4e89e60-0107-0135-25f5-0d78205dc93d
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1781: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1825: Creator Born
  • 1902: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Josephine Butler collection of dance prints" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1781 - 1939.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Josephine Butler collection of dance prints" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 9, 2021.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1781 - 1939). Josephine Butler collection of dance prints Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

<ref name=NYPL>{{cite web | url= | title= (still image) Josephine Butler collection of dance prints, (1781 - 1939) |author=Digital Collections, The New York Public Library |accessdate=December 9, 2021 |publisher=The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations}}</ref>

Josephine Butler collection of dance prints