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The ball
Additional title: Harper's Weekly
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

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

Josephine Butler collection of dance prints from illustrated periodicals

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894-02-10
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Per 6
Ballroom dancing
Ballroom dancing -- 19th century
Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Josephine Butler.
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.
Statement of responsibility: From the watercolor by Albert E. Sterner
Biographical/historical: Harper's Weekly was founded in 1857 by Fletcher Harper; among its illustrators were Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast. It was intended to appeal to readers in upper- and middle-class families.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : black & white ; 42 x 56 cm. or smaller.
Double page
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825109831
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758823
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4c3656f0-f762-013b-254d-0242ac110002
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1863: Creator Born
  • 1894: Issued
  • 1946: Creator Died
  • 2023: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The ball" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894-02-10.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The ball" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 27, 2024.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1894-02-10). The ball Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The ball