Josephine Butler collection of dance prints from Le bon genreAdditional title: Bon genre
NamesDutailly, fl. 1810-1812 (Artist)Gillray, James, 1756-1815 (Artist)Pasquier, fl. 1804 (Artist)Butler, Josephine (Collector)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1810 - 1930 (Approximate)
Table of ContentsLa walse; Le bon genre, 1810; depose à la Bibliot. Nat. ... et à Londres, chez H. Humphrey... / [James Gillray, artist] -- Mademoiselle Busc et Monsieur Corset. Le bon genre, no. 111 [ca. 1822; from the second edition] -- La dansomanie; Le bon genre, planche no. 12 [from the facsimile edition, 1930] / dessiné par Pasquier à Paris, en 1804 -- La poule; Le bon genre, planche no. 43 [from the facsimile edition, 1930] / par Dutailly -- La leçon de danse; Le bon genre, aquarelle non publiée [from the facsimile edition, 1930] / attribué à Pasquier.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Bon 1-5
TopicsBallroom dancing -- 19th century
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Josephine Butler.Biographical/historical: The British Museum, which holds a copy of La walse with different coloration, identifies it as a copy of a French print.Biographical/historical: Josephine DeNatale Butler, 1911-1996, was a dance educator, historian, and author. She began her career in fashion design, but in 1936 she and her husband Albert Butler founded the Albert Butler School of Dance, which she directed for fifty years. They also collaborated on the monumental Encyclopedia of social dancing, versions of which first appeared in the late 1960s. In 1970 she created an archive of social dancing, encompassing print materials, moving images, and other memorabilia, at the Dance Collection (today known as the Jerome Robbins Dance Division) of New York Public Library. These prints were among a collection of additional materials donated to the Library by her estate in 1996, selections from which appeared in the Library's exhibition Cotillion to cakewalk: social dance prints, presented from May 19-Sept. 13, 1997.
Physical DescriptionEngravingsEtchingsExtent: 1 print : etching, engraving, hand-colored ; 30 x 40 cm., plate mark 24 x 30 cm.Extent: 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; line border 24 x 31 cm.Extent: 3 prints : photolithograph?, color ; 22 x 29 cm. or smaller, on mount 32 x 44 cm.
DescriptionImages of 19th-century ballroom dancing, some verging on caricature. The originals were published singly between 1801 and 1822, and reissued as a collection under the title Observations sur les modes et les usages de Paris pour servir d'explication aux caricatures publiées sous le titre de Bon genre... (Paris, 1817; second edition, 1827). Three of the prints in this collection are leaves from a facsimile edition titled Trente-neuf aquarelles originales de Harriet, Pasquier, Garbizza, Dutailly, Garnerey et Lanté pour Le bon genre (Paris, 1930).
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825113685NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758841Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 23e8efe0-ead2-0133-f3b2-00505686a51c
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