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Grand théâtre nouveau
Imagerie Pellerin (Épinal, France) (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

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

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1890 - 1899 (Questionable)
Place: Epinal, France
Publisher: Pellerin & Cie
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Anon Gra 1-2
Toy theaters -- France
Content: The prints are labeled: Changements de décors à la minute.
Biographical/historical: The Bibliothèque National of France, which holds the sections numbered 1650, 1654, 1655, 1662, and 1662 of the Grand théâtre nouveau, dates these prints to 1898-1900, and identifies them as a marionette theatre.
Biographical/historical: The term "image d'Epinal," named after the French town of Epinal that was a center of production during the 19th century, signifies a cheap woodcut print colored by hand or stencil.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 2 prints : wood engraving, color ; 42 x 56 cm. or smaller.
Parts of a toy theatre, containing scenery for a féerie or fairy play. No. 1648, labeled "Fond de féerie," depicts a backdrop of four elephants and their mahouts in a pool. A crowned female fairy, brandishing a wand, sits atop a flower borne aloft on the elephants' trunks. The pool is filled with frogs on lily pads, spouting water; two more fairies flank the scene; and a row of elephants stand guard in the background. No. 1649, "Coulisses de la féerie," contains two matching pairs of wings, intended to be placed at either side of the stage. The pair labeled "Coulisse du 2me plan" depict frontal views of elephants with turbaned mahouts seated atop them. The pair labeled "Coulisse du 1er plan" combine images of peacocks, women (priestesses or sorceresses?) with tripods, lyres, lions, and Assyrian bas-reliefs.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825070151
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758179
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ab83fd60-0107-0135-1fb1-0497dd966825
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1890: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Grand théâtre nouveau" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890 - 1899.

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Grand théâtre nouveau