NamesCardella, R. Frank (Composer)Sarony, Major & Knapp Lith (Lithographer)Firth, Pond & Co. (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1861Place: New YorkPublisher: [Firth, Pond & Co.]
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Leo 1
TopicsLeon, Francis, 1844-George Christy's MinstrelsFemale impersonators -- United States -- 19th centurySchottisches
GenresPrintsSheet music coversScores
NotesStatement of responsibility: composed by F. Cardella and danced nightly by Master Leon of George Christy's Minstrels.Caption title.Lith. of Sarony, Major & Knapp.At head of score: The Leon schottisch. Composed and most respectfully dedicated to Master Leon of George Christy's Minstrels.Statement of responsibility: Composer's name appears on score as R.F. Cardella.Biographical/historical: Francis Leon, who began his career as a blackface minstrel performer at age 14, excelled as a female impersonator. Known as "Leon" or "The Only Leon," he captured the public's attention not only with his performances but with his extensive wardrobe of beautiful dresses, and established the prima donna character as a mainstay in minstrel shows. He is said to have been a serious student of ballet and opera.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : lithograph on tinted ground, b&w ; 32 x 25 cm. + music score (3 p.)
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration depicting a dark-skinned dancer on pointe, costumed in a bell-shaped tutu or ballet skirt topped by a fringed bolero.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825070680NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758187Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 44bf8b70-b0d1-0133-a131-00505686a51c
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