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Bal de Sceaux

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Bal de Sceaux
Delpech, François Séraphin, 1778-1825 (Publisher)
Lecomte, Hippolyte, 1781-1857 (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1830 - 1839 (Questionable)
Place: Paris?
Publisher: Chez Martinet?
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Del F Bal 1
Ballroom dancing -- France -- 19th century
Dance -- Caricatures and cartoons
Statement of responsibility: Lecomte ; y. lithog. de F. Delpech.
Numbering: At upper right: No. 2.
Biographical/historical: Although the image is signed on stone, the artist's first initial is difficult to read. His last name, Lecomte, may indicate that he was Hippolyte Lecomte, with whom the lithographer François Séraphin Delpech is known to have collaborated.
Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Biographical/historical: François Séraphin Delpech was a French lithographer and publisher.
Biographical/historical: It is uncertain whether this print bears any relationship to Honoré de Balzac's novel Le bal de Sceaux, first published in 1830.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-colored ; 24 x 32 cm.
Depiction of a ball under a tent or awning, with trees in the background. Four women and three men, with oversized heads and exaggerated facial features and bodies, are engaged in various interactions: at left, a man invites a young woman to dance, while her mother or chaperon looks on; at center, a couple is dancing, flanked by a man and a woman. Two male musicians play on an elevated stand. The back views of a bonneted woman and a man are visible in the distance.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 792748710
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19608357
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 74c80cf0-0baf-0133-ce9e-58d385a7bbd0
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

  • 1778: Creator Born
  • 1825: Creator Died
  • 1830: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bal de Sceaux" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1830 - 1839.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bal de Sceaux" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 6, 2021.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1830 - 1839). Bal de Sceaux Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Bal de Sceaux