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Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle

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Title
Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1842 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Gis 1
Topics
Fitzjames, Nathalie, b. 1819
Mabille, Auguste
Giselle (Choreographic work : Coralli and Perrot)
Genres
Prints
Notes
Title devised by cataloger.
Statement of responsibility: Lith. Guillet.
Biographical/historical: This print probably depicts Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille, the first performers of the peasant pas de deux from Giselle (choreography, Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot), which they danced at the Paris Opéra in 1841. Although the rest of the ballet's score was composed by Adolphe Adam, this pas de deux was set to interpolated music by Friedrich Burgmüller. Fitzjames and Mabille were both principal dancers of the Paris Opéra at the time.
Biographical/historical: This print may have been a sheet music cover illustration for a score titled "Quadrille sur les motifs de F. Burgmüller ... dans Giselle ou les wilis," composed by Nicolas Louis. According to Harvard Library, which holds a copy, the score was published in Paris by Colombier, probably in 1842, and included the inscription "Dansée par Melle. Natalie Fitz-James & Mabille."
Citation/reference: This may be a copy of the print of Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille listed in: Chaffee, George, "Catalogue of the French souvenir lithographs (and varia) of the Romantic Ballet," in Dance Index, vol. III, nos. 9-11, Sept.-Nov. 1944, p. 196, no. 36. Chaffee's copy is also trimmed (5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.), with handwritten identification, but it too is inscribed "Lith. Guillet."
Physical Description
Lithographs
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 21 x 16 cm.
Library's copy has been trimmed and lacks identifying captions.
Penciled on the verso: Quadrille dansé par Melle Natalie Fitz James et Mabille dans Giselle ou les Willis.
Description
Full-length image of two ballet dancers in rustic costume, captured in action against a plain background. The woman, in front, appears to be jumping in arabesque; the tip of her toe does not touch her shadow on the ground. She extends both arms towards the left, but turns her head to face front. The man supports her with one arm around her waist, and curves his left arm overhead.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825563969
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759956
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d31e5070-b0d0-0133-e5a1-00505686a51c
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

  • 1842: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1842. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d9d1c00-b198-0133-a206-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 10, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d9d1c00-b198-0133-a206-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1842). Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/0d9d1c00-b198-0133-a206-00505686a51c

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Nathalie Fitzjames and Auguste Mabille dancing in Giselle