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Title
Costume prints for opera, ballet, and theatre
Names
Graun, Karl Heinrich, 1704-1759 (Associated name)
Stricker, Augustin Reinhard, 1675-1720 (Associated name)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1800 - 1849 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
[Untitled print with captions in German; handwritten on verso: Berlin Opera House; 180-? or later]: Contains three rows of four figures each, for a total of twelve. Although the captions include dates ranging from 1700 to 1771, this print was probably made at a later date. The figures are: Signora Sophia Gutjahr in der Oper la Festa del Hymeneo, 1700; Signor Balarini im Costüm eines Flussgottes, 1700; Die schöne Conradine in der Oper Der Sieg der Schönheit über die Helden, 1706; Der Tanzmeister Desnoyers im Costüm eines Oberpriesters des Apollo, 1702; Costüm des Britannico in der Oper gleiches Namens, 1751; Costüm des Egisto in der Oper Merope, 1764; Die schöne Conradine als Roxane in der Oper Alexanders und Roxanens Heirath, 1708; Der Tanzmeister l'Avenant im Costüm des Pluto, 1708; [caption damaged; woman costumed as Semiramis?]; Costüm der Cefisa, Pastorella, in dem Ballet L'Europa galante; Costüm einer Vestalin in der Oper [caption damaged]; Costüm einer Mexicanischen Prinzessin in der Oper Montezuma, 1771. -- Costum aus der Oper, Oberon ; Costum aus der Oper, die Stumme v[on] Portici [La muette de Portici]; [1828 or later]: Contains six figures for each opera, arranged in two rows. The figures are captioned with their role names. For Oberon, they are: Ulmansor [Almanzor], Rezia [Reiza], Hüon, Roschana, Fatime, Oberon. For Die Stumme von Portici, they are: Masaniello, Fenella, Alfonso, Elvira, Lorenzo, Pietro. -- Robert der Teufel, [1831 or later]: Contains two rows of six figures, for a total of twelve. The figures are captioned with their role names: Prinz von Granada, Alice, Hofdame, Kaplan, König, Ritter, Raimbaut, Isabella, Alice, Robert, Helene, Bertram. Note that the character Alice appears twice. -- Grand galerie théatrale, no. 34; Paris, Fournier, [1838 or later]: Contains three rows of ten figures each, for a total of thirty. The figures are: Lajarette, duc de Brabant [in armor]; Geneviève de Brabant; Lajarette, duc de Brabant [in robe]; Page dans Geneviève de Brabant; Quivrain dans Geneviève de Brabant; Justine dans Marguerite [white skirt]; Justine dans Marguerite [blue skirt]; Flichinel [sic] dans le Perruquier de la Régence; Agathe dans le Perruquier etc.; Pierre le 6d dans le Perruquier etc.; Paquerette dans le Ménestrel; Lays dans le Ménestrel; Mina dans Gaspar Hauser; Gaspar Hauser; Charlotte dans Lequel; Jacques dans Lequel; Costume des Bayadères; Indien dans la Bayadère; Emmanuel dans les 2 Pigeons [red trousers]; Emmanuel dans les 2 Pigeons [military uniform]; Guido [et] Ginevra; Ricchiarda dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Ferard dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Ginevra dans Guido [et] Ginevra [green skirt]; Cosmo Médicis dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Ginevra dans Guido [et] Ginevra [blue skirt]; Bracchio dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Page dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Alexis dans Guido [et] Ginevra; Maxilie dans Guido [et] Ginevra.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Cos 1-4
Topics
Déjazet, Virginie, 1798-1875
Chollet, Mr., 1798-1892
Alexis, Madame 18..-1877
Mazilier, Joseph, 1797-1868
Thomas, Ambroise, 1811-1896. Perruquier de la régence
Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871. Muette de Portici
Halévy, F., 1799-1862. Guido et Ginévra
Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864. Robert le diable
Weber, Carl Maria von, 1786-1826. Oberon
Genres
Prints
Notes
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Funding: Robert der Teufel and Grande galerie théatrale purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Costum aus der Oper, Oberon ; Costum aus der Oper, die Stumme v[on] Portici Gift; Lillian Moore.
Acquisition: Robert der Teufel, Grande galerie théatrale Purchase; Norman Crider, 1970.
Biographical/historical: Several works depicted in the untitled print may be ascribed to the German composer Karl Heinrich Graun: Britannico (1751), Merope (1756; revived in 1764); L'Europa galante (1748), and Montezuma (1755; revived in 1771).
Biographical/historical: Der Sieg der Schönheit über die Helden, described as a "Ballet und Sing-Spiel," was presented before Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia and his daughter Sophia Dorothea in 1706. The ballet was credited to Volumier, the music to Augustin Reinhard Stricker. Stricker also composed Alexanders und Roxanen Heyrath, presented in 1708.
Biographical/historical: Carl Maria von Weber's opera Oberon was first presented at Covent Garden, London, in 1826, and was soon produced abroad. This print probably depicts costumes from a production in a German-speaking country.
Biographical/historical: Daniel Auber's opera La muette de Portici (appearing here under its German title, Die Stumme von Portici) was first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1828. This print probably depicts costumes from a production in a German-speaking country.
Biographical/historical: Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable (appearing here under its German title, Robert der Teufel) was first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1831. It was produced in Berlin in 1832 and in Vienna in 1833. The legendary ballerina Marie Taglioni appeared in the role of Helena in the Paris and Berlin productions.
Biographical/historical: Les deux pigeons, a comédie-vaudeville written by Michel Masson and Saintine, was first presented at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, in 1838. The costume seen in the second row, far right, of the Grande galerie théatrale, labeled "Emmanuel dans les 2 pigeons," corresponds to that in a print held by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Published in Paris by Hautecoeur-Martinet in 1838, that print identifies the performer as Virginie Déjazet.
Biographical/historical: Geneviève de Brabant, a mélodrame written by Anicet-Bourgeois and Jean-Joseph Mourier, was first presented at the Théâtre des Folies Dramatiques, Paris, in 1838. The first five figures in the first row of the Grande galerie théatrale depict costumes from this work, including two costumes worn by the performer Lajarette as the Duc de Brabant and one worn by Quievrain. The Bibliothèque Nationale de France holds five prints of costumes roughly corresponding to these, published in Paris by Hautecoeur-Martinet in 1838. They supply additional information, identifying Madame Vanderval as Geneviève de Brabant, Mlle. Laure as the page, and Quievrain as Ferdinand.
Biographical/historical: Le perruquier de la régence, a comic opera composed by Ambroise Thomas, was first presented at the Théâtre de l'Opéra Comique, Paris, in 1838. The singer Jean-Baptiste Chollet played the role of Fléchinel, depicted in the Grand galerie théatrale, top row, third from right.
Biographical/historical: Le ménestrel, a comédie written by Camille Bernay, was first presented by the Comédie Française in 1838.
Biographical/historical: The images labeled Costume des Bayadères and Indien dans la Bayadère in the Grand galerie théatrale depict performers from a troupe of real bayaderes or devadasis (Indian temple dancers) brought to western Europe in 1838 by the French impresario E.C. Tardival. The daggers carried by the female dancer and the percussion instrument carried by the man may be seen in contemporary prints of the troupe.
Biographical/historical: Guido et Ginévra, ou La peste de Florence, an opera by Fromenthal Halévy with a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1838. The female and male dancers whose figures appear in this print, respectively labeled Alexis and Maxilie, are Alexis Dupont and Joseph Mazilier.
Physical Description
Engravings
Lithographs
Extent: 2 prints : lithograph, hand-colored ; 49 x 43 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 print : etching?, hand-colored ; 35 x 55 cm.
Extent: 1 print : engraving, black and white ;21 x 34 cm.
Description
The prints in this collection contain multiple full-length figures of costumed performers in operas or ballets, arranged in two or more rows. Each figure is individually captioned, usually with a role name but sometimes with the performer's real name. In prints containing more than one opera or ballet, the title of the work may also appear in the captions. Each print is described separately below.
Type of Resource
Still image
Languages
German
French
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825551828
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759743
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ef1dab00-0107-0135-2138-01157265e1fb
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

  • 1704: Creator Born
  • 1759: Creator Died
  • 1800: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Costume prints for opera, ballet, and theatre