Clowns and jesters in nineteenth-century printsAdditional title: Premières illustrées
NamesKramer, Peter, 1823-1907 (Artist)P. & D. Colnaghi & Co (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1813 - 1889 (Approximate)
Table of ContentsFools, or jesters; [numbered at bottom] 1272; London, Colnaghi & Co., 1813 / C.H.S. delt. ; edited by L.A. Atkinson ; aquatinted by Hill -- [Flexmore, English pantomime clown; penciled notation on the verso] -- The motley polka [sheet music cover illustration], composed for the piano & most cordially inscribed to Wm. F. Wallet, Esq., the celebrated English jester, by J. Ehrlich; Philadelphia, A. Fiot; New York, W. Dubois, 1850 / P. Kramer delt. ; Lith. of P.S. Duval -- Barlet; Premières illustrées / M. Cheonier [or C. Mheonier?] del. & sculp. ; Imp. Dorval -- Les foires de Paris / J Anne Modave [?] sc.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Clow 1-5
TopicsFlexmore, Dicky, 1825-1860Wallett, W. F. (William Frederick)Clowns -- 19th centuryFools and jesters -- 19th century
GenresPrintsSheet music covers
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.Acquisition: [Flexmore], Barlet Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.Biographical/historical: Richard Flexmore, also known as Dicky Flexmore, was a popular British clown and pantomime artist. His skill as a dancer allowed him to parody some of the leading ballet dancers of the day, among them Jules Perrot, Carlotta Grisi, and Fanny Cerrito. His compatriot William Frederick Wallet or Wallett died in 1892 after a career as comic performer, equestrian, and the last court jester to Queen Victoria.
Physical DescriptionEtchingsWood engravingsLithographsExtent: 5 prints : color or b&w ; 36 x 27 cm. or smaller
DescriptionRepresentation of clowns and jesters, both real and imaginary, in nineteenth-century prints culled from various sources. All of the subjects in this collection are male; most are costumed in a manner that immediately identifies their profession.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825562674NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759926Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ac5fc890-ead2-0133-8dcd-00505686a51c
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