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Fanny Elssler
Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891 (Engraver)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Fanny Elssler [half-length portrait] -- Fanny Elssler [depicted in costume, with castanets]; Illustrated London News, Feb. 24, 1843 -- M'lle Fanny Elssler, 'Tis but a dream! [half-length portrait in profile] / B.J. Lossing sc. -- Fanny Ellsler [sic] in her dishabille: fine feathers make fine birds [cartoon and article] -- Travestissements; No. 7 B, 1842 [the figure numbered 6, at right, depicts the costume for La cracovienne].
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Els 1-5
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884 -- Portraits
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884 -- Caricatures and cartoons
Gypsy (Choreographic work : Mazilier)
Caricatures and cartoons
Title devised by cataloger.
Biographical/historical: The Austrian-born Fanny Elssler, a leading ballerina of the Romantic period, excelled in the national dances that lent local color to many ballets in the Romantic repertory. The fire and sensuality she brought to her performances were considered a foil to the otherworldly ethereality of Marie Taglioni, who represented another facet of the Romantics' longing for otherness.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 4 prints : wood engraving, b&w ; 25 x 20 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 print : engraving, hand-colored ; 20 x 17 cm.
The wood engravings titled M'lle Fanny Elssler and Fanny Ellsler in her dishabille are stamped: Isaac John Greenwood collection.
Collection of prints culled from various sources, depicting the nineteenth-century ballerina Fanny Elssler. It includes portraits, an action drawing, a satirical cartoon purporting to show Elssler without her wig, and a costume print that includes Elssler's costume for her solo La cracovienne, danced in Joseph Mazilier's ballet La Gipsy (1839).
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825554071
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759843
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 321dab00-ed3c-0133-1a91-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1813: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1891: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fanny Elssler" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1849.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Fanny Elssler" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed May 27, 2022.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1840 - 1849). Fanny Elssler Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Fanny Elssler