Circus, Champs Elysees, Paris
NamesMottram, Charles, 1817-1876 (Engraver)Lami, Eugène Louis, 1800-1890 (Artist)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1850 - 1859 (Approximate)Place: LondonPublisher: London Printing and Publishing Company
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Mott C Cir 1
TopicsCircus -- France -- 19th centuryEquestrian artists -- France -- 19th centuryChamps-Elysées (Paris, France)
NotesStatement 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 DescriptionEngravingsExtent: 1 print : 23 x 32 cm., plate mark 18 x 28 cm.
DescriptionDepiction of an equestrian act at the circus, with a large audience in attendance.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825561630NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759916Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 94f57200-88fa-0134-e90f-00505686a51c
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