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Louise Fairbrother
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Associated name)
Childe, James Warren, -1862 (Associated name)
Lacy, Thomas Hailes, 1809-1873 (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1839 - 1845 (Inferred)
Table of Contents
Columbine; [with facsimile signature Louisa Fairbrother]; published in London by J. Mitchell, Dec. 1839 / initialed NE -- Fancy Turkish costume (Miss Fairbrother as Abdallah [sic], Forty thieves; Lacy's dramatic costumes, plate 88; published in London by T.H. Lacy, [1845? or later].
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Fai 1-2
Fairbrother, Louise
À Beckett, Gilbert Abbott, 1811-1856 -- Open Sesame
Title devised by cataloger.
Acquisition: Fancy Turkish costume Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Sarah Louise (or Louisa) Fairbrother, 1816-1890, made her stage debut in London in 1827, and performed at Covent Garden and Drury Lane in the 1830s. She frequently performed male roles, though she also played Columbine in the Christmas pantomime Harlequin and the merrie devil of Edmonton in 1839. Unfettered by convention, she bore children to different fathers, and became the morganatic wife of the second Duke of Cambridge.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, hand-tinted ; 37 x 27 cm.
Extent: 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; 26 x 18 cm.
Prints of the English dancer-actress Louise Fairbrother. The lithograph, which is titled Columbine, is a three-quarter-length portrait, without coloring except for the faint pink of her lips and cheeks. The colored etching, published in the series Lacy's dramatic costumes, appears to have been copied from a lithograph by John Brandard after a drawing by J.W. Childe. It depicts Fairbrother playing the breeches role of Abdullah, sometimes called Aladdin, in G.A. Beckett and Mark Lemon's play Open sesame, or a night with the forty thieves, presented at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1844.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825056386
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758136
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6bb4a000-ed3c-0133-c571-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1839: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1863: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Louise Fairbrother