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Title
Dr. Syntax at the Opera.
Additional title: Caricature
Names
Bias, Fanny, 1789-1825
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1820 (Inferred)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFB Bia F C 1
Topics
Opéra de Paris
Prints (Graphic arts) -- Ballet -- 19th century
Opera ballet
Theaters -- France -- Paris
Dance -- Caricatures and cartoons
Genres
Prints
Notes
Lower right: [Edward?] Williams del. et fc. The Reverend Dr. Syntax was created by William Combe (1741-1823) and appeared for the first time in Ackermann's Poetical Magazine in 1809. This print from Dr. Syntax in Paris (1820) shows the enthralled Reverend Syntax at the Paris Opéra as he watched Fanny Bias in the ballet interpolated in André Grétry's comic opera Colinette à la cour.
"We mean dear little Fanny Bias, / Who with her witcheries loves to try us, / And lifts the soul full many a peg / By sweet naiveté of the leg."
Depicts stage left of the Opéra, viewed from the front of the orchestra level. A performance is in progress. Bias and her partner both on right demi-pointe, left leg extended to side. Four members of the corps, in rustic attire, stand in the background holding garlands. Musicians in the pit partially visible. Nine spectators in the stage box, including Dr. Syntax, who leans forward and peers at Bias through a spyglass.
Cf. Winter, Marian Hannah. The pre-Romantic Ballet, London, 1974, p. 231. Reproduction.
Physical Description
Aquatint, colored,
Extent: Image 10.7 x 18.7 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12155765
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d92e8690-14d2-0131-e247-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1789: Creator Born
  • 1820: Issued
  • 1825: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dr. Syntax at the Opera." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1820. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/05da1c50-1e51-0131-5ed2-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Dr. Syntax at the Opera." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 23, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/05da1c50-1e51-0131-5ed2-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1820). Dr. Syntax at the Opera. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/05da1c50-1e51-0131-5ed2-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Dr. Syntax at the Opera.