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The masked ball
Additional title: Bal masqué
Additional title: Bal de l'Opéra
Hermans, Charles, b. 1839 (Artist)
Gebbie and Company (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1880 - 1889 (Approximate)
Place: Philadelphia?
Publisher: Gebbie & Co.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Her C Mas 1
Masquerades -- France -- 19th century
Reproductive prints
Statement of responsibility: from the original painting by Charles Hermans.
Caption title.
Biographical/historical: The Belgian painter Charles Hermans, 1839-1924, frequently depicted scenes of contemporary life. His original oil painting was exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1880 under the title Bal de l'Opéra. In 2011 it was sold at Sotheby's under the title Bal masqué. This print crops the lower edge of the painting.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : photogravure, b&w ; 29 x 42 cm.
Reproduction of a painting depicting a rather chaotic scene at a masked ball. Some of the participants wear fancy-dress costumes and masks. In the foreground, men in evening clothes and top hats enjoy flirtatious encounters with women. Other guests throng a stairway leading to a gallery. Although the setting is a ball, it is difficult to spot any dance movement amid the very dense crowd.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825553868
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759806
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c0d12e70-88f9-0134-f1a7-00505686a51c
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

  • 1880: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2017: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The masked ball" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1880 - 1889. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64dd9560-8cb9-0134-d437-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The masked ball" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 15, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64dd9560-8cb9-0134-d437-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1880 - 1889). The masked ball Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/64dd9560-8cb9-0134-d437-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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The masked ball