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Irina Baronova collection of dance prints
Additional title: Irina Baronova collection
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Lithographer)
Brown, E., Jr (Lithographer)
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 (Artist)
Baronova, Irina (Collector)
N. Currier (Firm) (Lithographer)
T. Sinclair's Lith. (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1796 - 1840 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
Modern grace, or the operatical finale to the ballet of Alonzo e Caro [sic]; [London], H. Humphrey, 1796 / J[ames] G[illra]y d[elineavit] et f[ecit] -- Fanny Elssler in the character of La cachucha; New York, Atwill / [signed on stone] E. Brown Jr. -- The cracovienne, danced by Madlle. Fanny Elssler in the grand ballet of The Gypsey composed by N.C. Bocsha; New York, John F. Nunns [includes music score] / Tho[ma]s Sinclair Lith., Phila. -- La mazurka danced in La Gitana, by Madame Taglioni ... [arranged by] C.W. Glover; New York, Hewitt & Jaques [includes music score] / N. Currier's Lith. N.Y. -- Sylphide quadrille, [composed by] Henry Farmer; London, Joseph Williams [includes music score] / J[ohn] Brandard; M & N Hanhart, Imp.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bar 1-5
Didelot, Charles Louis, 1767-1837
Didelot, Marie Rose Paul, -1803
Parisot, Mlle, fl. 1795-1806
Elssler, Fanny, 1810-1884
Taglioni, Marie, 1804-1884
Alonso e Cora (Choreographic work : Onorati)
Diable boiteux (Choreographic work : Coralli)
Gypsy (Choreographic work : Mazilier)
Gitana (Choreographic work : Taglioni, F)
Sylphide (Choreographic work)
Piano music
Title devised by cataloger.
Several of the prints have been trimmed or have darkened with age and/or climatic conditions.
The cracovienne, La mazurka danced in La gitana, and Sylphide quadrille include music scores.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Victoria Tennant, 2011.
Biographical/historical: Modern grace depicts a moment from Giacomo Onorati's ballet Alonso e Cora, first performed in London in 1796. The dancers in the print are (left to right): Rose Didelot, Charles Didelot, and Mlle. Parisot.
Biographical/historical: Fanny Elssler, known for the fire and sensuality she brought to the Romantic ballet of the 1830s-1850s, appears in her signature dance, the cachucha she arranged and performed in Jean Coralli's Le diable boiteux (music, Casimir Gide), first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1836. She danced the cracovienne, another of her famous character dances, in Joseph Mazilier's La gypsy (music, François Benoist, Ambroise Thomas, and Marco Aurelio Marliani) at the Paris Opéra in 1839.
Biographical/historical: Marie Taglioni, considered the quintessential Romantic ballerina, excelled in ethereal and otherworldly roles such as the title role of La sylphide, choreographed by her father Filippo Taglioni in 1832. In La Gitana, created by Filippo in 1839, she ventured into the ballet of local color, conveying the exotic flavors of foreign lands. The sylphide, her most famous creation, inspired many imitations, among them the winged lady on the cover of Sylphide quadrille.
Biographical/historical: Russian-born ballerina Irina Baronova, 1919-2008, the former owner of this collection, was one of the "baby ballerinas" discovered by choreographer George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. During the course of her career she danced with many of the most prominent ballet companies of the time, among them the Original Ballets Russes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Ballet Theatre, and appeared in films and musicals.
Forms part of the Irina Baronova collection. Graphics.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, hand-colored ; 27 x 37 cm.
Extent: 4 prints : lithograph, b&w or color ; 35 x 26 cm. or smaller.
Mass-produced prints, depicting dance subjects, from the collection of ballerina Irina Baronova. Though these prints are not unique, they contribute to an understanding of her interests and artistic tastes.
Type of Resource
Still image
Notated music
RLIN/OCLC: 825111904
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758839
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a41a8860-b19d-0133-7d79-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1796: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1863: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Irina Baronova collection of dance prints