Spanish dancing in nineteenth-century prints
NamesAlophe, 1812-1883 (Lithographer)Bouquet, Auguste, 1810-1846 (Lithographer)Donon, J. (Julio), fl. 1850-1864 (Lithographer)Gilks, Thomas (Lithographer)Valentin, Henry, 1820-1855 (Engraver)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1800 - 1899 (Approximate)
Table of ContentsSingle figures (4 items): El Ole [Josefa Vargas] / [lithograph by J. Donon after a drawing by J. Vallejo] -- [Female dancer, facing left, right arm raised] -- [Female dancer with tambourine] -- [Female dancer with castanets]. --
Groups of two or more performers (11 items): [Couple in a landscape, woman with castanets, man with guitar] -- [Two couples in a landscape, with onlookers and a guitarist at right] -- Espagne, Espana, Danse, Danza [couple on a terrace, with guitarist and onlookers] -- Mr. Font et Mme. Dubinon dans la danse Coralleros de Sevilla; L'Artiste; (Bals de l'Opéra 1834) / [lithograph by] M. Alophe -- Bolero dancers at the theatre of Cadiz; London, Richard Bentley, 1843 / Thos. Gilks, Litho. -- Los dansadores; L'Artiste,  / [lithograph by] A[uguste?] Bouquet -- El tio Caniyitas -- Minnie Hauk in "Carmen" -- The Spanish dancers at the Haymarket Theatre -- "The Spanish Dancers," at the Haymarket Theatre; Illustrated London News, Nov. 4, 1854 -- Dona Petra Camara, première danseuse du théâtre de Madrid, dansant le pas du Vito, dans le ballet de la Foire de Séville; [includes a paragraph on Cámara by Philippe Busoni]; L'Illustration, journal universel, March 1, 1851 / [engraved by] Henri Valentin, d'après un dessin de M. de Ribellès.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFY Spa 1-15
TopicsCámara, PetraCamprubí, Mariano, fl. 1834-1862Dubinon, Manuela, fl. 1834Font, Francisco, active 1834Hauk, Minnie, 1851-1929Perea, ManuelaSerral, DoloresVargas, Josefa, b. 1828Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875. CarmenSoriano Fuertes, Mariano, 1817-1880. Tio CaniyitasBolero (Dance)Dance -- SpainDancers -- Spain -- 19th century
NotesContent: Title devised by cataloger.Acquisition: El Ole, Bolero dancers at the theatre of Cadiz, "The Spanish Dancers" at the Haymarket Theatre, Dona Petra Camara Gift; Lillian Moore.Acquisition: Los dansadores Gift; Cia Fornaroli.Biographical/historical: The Spanish dancers Francisco Font, Manuela Dubinon, Dolores Serral, and Mariano Camprubí first appeared in Paris and London in 1834; their compatriots Petra Cámara and Josefa Vargas made their names in the 1850s. The lithograph Los dansadores depicts a statuette of Serral and Camprubí by A. Chevagneux. The print titled El tio Caniyitas probably represents a scene from the zarzuela El tío Caniyitas, o, El mundo nuevo de Cádiz (1849), said to be the most popular work of the Spanish composer Mariano Soriano Fuertes. The wood engraving titled Minnie Hauk in "Carmen" depicts the American-born soprano with dancers in a scene from Georges Bizet's opera. The two prints depicting Spanish dancers at the Haymarket Theatre in London portray the dancer Manuela Perea (also known as La Nena) and her company, which made repeated appearances at that theatre in the 1850s.
Physical DescriptionWood engravingsExtent: 8 prints : lithograph, hand-colored or black and white ;37 x 46 cm. or smaller.Extent: 4 prints : wood engraving ; 37 x 28 cm. or smaller.Extent: 3 prints : etching and/or aquatint, hand-colored or black and white ;31 x 27 cm. or smaller.
DescriptionDepictions of Spanish dancing, as performed by both identified and anonymous dancers, in nineteenth-century prints. Some were published in books or journals; most of the wood engravings come from illustrated periodicals. They attest to the popularity of Spanish dancing, whether in the authentic forms seen in Spain or imported abroad by dancers from Spain, or in balleticized versions of Spanish dances, the prime example of which was Fanny Elssler's cachucha (which is not included here). The rage for Spanish dancing, along with folk and national dances of other countries, grew out of the Romantic era's passion for local color and taste for the exotic. Authentic and balleticized forms are both represented in this collection, which has been arranged in two groups: single figures and groups of two or more performers.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825550962NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759731Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 69dfa750-0108-0135-df14-7deb2b4420cb
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