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Ballroom dancers
Brunellière, P. (Prosper-Aimé-Marie), 1803- (Artist)
Orr, Nathaniel (Engraver)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1800 - 1899 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
La mazurka; Journal des demoiselles, edition belge -- [Dancing couple; with penciled notation] "Potiphar Papers," Amer., 1852 [?] / JG ; N. Orr, N.Y. -- [Woman with man in military uniform] -- La polka -- [The first quadrille at Almack's; colored etching without caption] -- A quadrille at Almack's, 1815 [same image; b&w wood engraving from an unidentified periodical] -- [Man with two women] / G.B. Black [?] -- [Two rows of dancers] / P. Brunellière fecit.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bal 15-22
Ballroom dancing -- 19th century
Polka (Dance)
Quadrille (Dance)
Title devised by cataloger.
Acquisition: [Woman with man in military uniform] Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Acquisition: [Two rows of dancers] Purchase ; Norman Crider, 1970.
Biographical/historical: George William Curtis's Potiphar papers (1853), which first appeared in the New York-based Putnam's Magazine, satirized fashionable society. The illustration in this collection was engraved by Nathaniel Orr.
Biographical/historical: Almack's Assembly Rooms in London became famous during the Regency period as the venue for fashionable and exclusive balls.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 8 prints : lithograph, wood engraving, etching, color or b&w ; 25 x 34 cm. or smaller.
Collection culled from a variety of sources, chiefly dating to the first half of the nineteenth century. Most items have been trimmed of their captions and/or publication data, making identification difficult. The prints in this collection portray well-dressed men and women performing various ballroom dances, chiefly against plain backgrounds. Most depict two to four figures; a notable exception is the untitled print signed P. Brunellière, which contains two rows of figures. At top left is a vignette of a couple in a domestic interior, accompanied by a fiddler. In the top row of figures are seven men and women, executing positions of the feet much like those of classical ballet. The bottom row starts at left with a man bowing, hat in hand, and continues with one, two, and four dancing couples, the last arranged in a square formation, possibly part of a quadrille.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825771379
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19760342
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 989babc0-b19d-0133-1eff-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1800: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Ballroom dancers