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Dancers' accidents
Additional title: Illustrirte Zeitung (Leipzig, Germany)
Johannot, Tony, 1803-1852 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1849 - 1860 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
Mademoiselle Marie im Ballet: "Die Eilandsnymphe"; Illustrirte Zeitung, no. 297 -- Neues Pas der Mademoiselle Marie im "Befreiten Jerusalem"; Illustrirte Zeitung, no. 297 / gezeichnet von Tony Johannot -- Terrible accident at the Volks Garten, Bowery, N.Y. Burning of Josephine Farren while performing on the tightrope.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Acc 1-2
Farren, Josephine
Dancing injuries
Title devised by cataloger.
For more information on Josephine Farren, see Mary Grace Swift's "Dancers in flames," Dance chronicle, vol. 5, no. 1, 1982, p. 1-10. A version of the print in this collection is reproduced on p. 5.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: In a time when stage lighting consisted of open flames fueled by oil or gas, the danger of catching fire and burning to death was a real threat to nineteenth-century ballet dancers. Perhaps the best-known case was that of Emma Livry, 1841-1862, whose brilliant future was tragically cut short when her costume caught fire at the Paris Opéra in 1862. Josephine Farren, the dancer illustrated here, also died of her injuries.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 3 prints (2 sheets) : wood engraving, b&w ; 37 x 29 cm. or smaller.
Illustrations from nineteenth-century periodicals, reporting mishaps that befell ballet dancers onstage. In a wood engraving from the German periodical Illustrirte Zeitung, ca. 1849, a dancer called Mademoiselle Marie appears to plunge over the footlights and into the orchestra pit. A more horrific accident is represented in a wood engraving from an American periodical, depicting the tightrope dancer Josephine Farren as her costume catches fire at the Volks Garten theatre in the Bowery, New York, in 1860. The sheet from the Illustrirte Zeitung also contains a print of Mademoiselle Marie in a calmer moment as she dances with a male partner in the ballet Die Eilandsnymphe.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825562923
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759944
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1c214390-ada1-0133-13da-00505686a51c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1803: Creator Born
  • 1849: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1852: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Dancers' accidents