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Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles: from the grand ballet as performed at Her Majesty's Theatre

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Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles: from the grand ballet as performed at Her Majesty's Theatre
Additional title: Esmeralda quadrilles
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Lithographer)
Pugni, Cesare, 1802-1870 (Composer)
Perrot, Jules, 1810-1892 (Choreographer)
M. & N. Hanhart (Printers) (Printer)
Chappell and Co. (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1845 (Questionable)
Place: London
Publisher: Chappell
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bra J Esm 1
Saint-Léon, Arthur, 1821-1870
Grisi, Carlotta, 1819-1899
Esmeralda (Choreographic work : Perrot)
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composed by Cesare Pugni ; [illustration signed on stone] J. Brandard.
Caption title.
Numbering: Pl. no. : 6894.
Statement of responsibility: M & N Hanhart, Lith. Printers.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Jules Perrot's ballet La Esmeralda (music, Cesare Pugni) was loosely based on Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris. First performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, in 1844, it featured Carlotta Grisi in the title role of the Gypsy girl Esmeralda, with Perrot himself as the poet Pierre Gringoire. This print depicts a moment from Act II, scene 2 of the ballet. Phoebus de Chateaupers (played by Arthur Saint-Léon) dances for his fiancée Fleur-de-Lys (Adelaide Frassi, depicted at left) and her companions in the gardens of her family's mansion. Esmeralda, holding her tambourine, has come to entertain the guests, accompanied by Pierre Gringoire (the shadowy figure behind Fleur-de-Lys); she too is in love with Phoebus, who had previously rescued her from the ballet's villain, Claude Frollo.
Biographical/historical: This image by John Brandard appeared in several incarnations, among them a hand-colored souvenir print published ca. 1845, intended for purchase and display by admirers of the ballet. An uncolored version published as a music cover for Chas. W. Glover's Esmeralda quadrilles is described by George Chaffee (see reference above). As the online catalog of the Victoria & Albert Museum points out, this print is unusual in its focus on a male dancer rather than the ballerinas who dominated the Romantic ballet.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 35 x 26 cm. + music score.
Sheet music cover illustration. At the center of a flower-bedecked pavilion, a man leaps in the ballet movement called a pas de poisson. In his left hand he holds a flower similar to that held by the woman at left. Other women and a second man encircle him, watching.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825120743
Publisher-assigned music number: 6894 : Chappell
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758950
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3b745250-ead2-0133-5ab7-00505686a51c
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

  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1845: Issued
  • 1863: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1845.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 11, 2020.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1845). Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles Retrieved from

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Coote's Esmeralda quadrilles