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Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris
Mottram, Charles, 1817-1876 (Engraver)
Lami, Eugène Louis, 1800-1890 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1850 - 1859 (Approximate)
Place: London
Publisher: London Printing and Publishing Company
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Mott C Cir 1
Circus -- France -- 19th century
Equestrian artists -- France -- 19th century
Champs-Elysées (Paris, France)
Statement of responsibility: Eugene Lami ; C. Mottram.
Caption title.
Biographical/historical: Designed by the architect Jacques Hittorff and constructed in 1841, the building shown in this print has been known by various names, including the Cirque National, Cirque des Champs-Élysées, and Cirque Olympique des Champs-Élysées. Initially used for equestrian performances, such as those by the troupe called the Théâtre Franconi, it also became the site of six musical concerts conducted by the composer Hector Berlioz in 1845. It was razed in 1902.
Biographical/historical: The French painter and lithographer Eugène Lami frequently made illustrations of nineteenth-century Parisian life and society, of which this may be one. He is probably best remembered in the dance world as the costume designer for Filippo Taglioni's groundbreaking ballet La sylphide (1832), in which Marie Taglioni, in the title role, wore the long white bell-shaped tutu that became the uniform of the Romantic ballet.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : 23 x 32 cm., plate mark 18 x 28 cm.
Depiction of an equestrian act at the circus, with a large audience in attendance.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825561630
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759916
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 94f57200-88fa-0134-e90f-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1817: Creator Born
  • 1850: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1876: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1850 - 1859. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/34e96700-8cc3-0134-ecf5-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 20, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/34e96700-8cc3-0134-ecf5-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1850 - 1859). Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/34e96700-8cc3-0134-ecf5-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris