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Josephine Butler collection of music covers
Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870 (Lithographer)
Concanen, Alfred (Lithographer)
D'Avignon, Francis, 1813- (Lithographer)
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Lithographer)
Newsam, Albert, 1809-1864 (Lithographer)
Grain, Frederick (Draftsman)
Rosenthal, S (Lithographer)
Butler, Josephine (Collector)
Sarony & Major (Lithographer)
N. Currier (Firm) (Lithographer)
Pendleton's Lithography (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1830 - 1937 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Folder 1. Ballroom dancing (7 items): John Strauss! John Strauss! The girls are all mad ... written and adapted by Philip Klitz; New York, Hewitt & Jaques / N. Currier's Lith. -- Liselotte & Lancelot, 2 airs de ballet pour piano par Léon Adam; London, Augener [depicts a couple in 18th-century costume] -- No. 1 Jullien's original mazurka or the Cellarius valse ... composed by [Louis Antoine] Jullien; London, Jullien / J[ohn] Brandard [artist] -- Parodi mazurka (or the Searing waltz) composed & taught by J.H. Searing at his private academy ... , music by P. Brown; New York, William Hall & Son, 1851 [depicts Searing dancing with his pupil Teresa Parodi] / Lith. of Sarony & Major -- Pop goes the weasel! The Spanish & forty other country dances; [London], Davidson [depicts five scenes of dancers in 18th- and 19th-century dress] -- Three o'clock in the morning ... music by Julian Robeldo; New York, Leo. Feist, 1922 [includes score] -- Waltzes, cotillions, dances, &c. [trimmed music cover; full title is Waltzes, cotillions, dances, etc. from the works of the most eminent composers; New York, Bourne] / F[rederick?] Grain del; lithography of Pendleton, Broadway. |||| Polkas (6 items): The Cally polka arranged by Allen Dodworth; 10th ed.; New York, Firth, Pond, 1846 / Lith. of Sarony & Major -- [Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi dancing the polka; trimmed lithograph, probably from a music cover titled The celebrated polka; London, Jullien] / [John Brandard] -- The favourite American polka, as danced by Mlle. Pauline Desjardins and Mons. Gabriel de Corponay, composed ... by Marie de Werner Korponay de Komonka; New York, Firth & Hall, 1844 [includes score] / Thayer & Co. Lith., Boston -- Les parisiennes, 3 nouvelles polkas ... par Fr[édéri]c Bürgmuller; Mayence, les fils de B. Schott -- Polka pour le piano par Fr[édéric] Bürgmuller; Mayence, les fils de B. Schott -- Wanda polka mazurka, composed by Adrien Talexy; Boston, Oliver Ditson / J.H. Bufford's Lith. |||| Folder 2. Theatrical works (6 items): Bells of Corneville (Les cloches de Corneville) ... [composed by] R[obert] Planquette, arranged for piano by J. Rummel; London, J. Williams / Alfred Concanen lith. -- Catarina, ou la fille du brigand, the grand ballet by M. Perrot ... the music composed by Signor [Cesare] Pugni; [London, T. Boosey & Co., 1846; depicts dancers Jules Perrot and Lucile Grahn] / J[ohn] Brandard -- No. 34, Galop favori de l'opéra Le postillon de Lonjumeau, musique de A[dolphe] Adam, arrangé pour le piano; Mayence & Anvers, les fils de B. Schott -- The Redowa waltz ... composed by Fr[iedrich] Bürgmuller; Philadelphia, A. Fiot; New York, W. Dubois [depicts Fanny Cerrito and Arthur Saint-Léon in their ballet La vivandière] / on stone by Albert Newsam; P.S. Duval, Lith., Phila. -- Sontag polka [trimmed cover with partial score; music, Giulio Alary; New York, Wm. Hall & Son, 1852; depicts singers Henriette Sontag as Adina and Luigi Lablache as Dulcamara in the opera L'elisir d'amore] -- La zartoriski, polka, as danced by Miss C[aroline] Adams & Mr. [John] Cormack in the pantomime of Aladdin and the wonderfull [sic] lamp, at the Royal Princess's Theatre, composed by R. Hughes; London [depicts a scene from the Christmas pantomime Aladdin and the wonderful lamp, or, Harlequin and the genie of the ring, presented in 1856] / S. Rosenthal, litho. |||| Folk and ethnic dancing (4 items): Child of the west, a Highland ballad written by F.W.N. Bayley ... the music by G.A. Hodson; New York, J.L. Hewitt [depicts a couple in Scottish costume] / Lith. of Endicott & Swett -- Danse ecossaise, composed for the piano-forte by Fred. T. Baker; Boston, Oliver Ditson / Clarke; Geo. H. Walker & Co., Lith., Boston -- La fête rustique quadrille ... composed & arranged by Jean Rosier; London, Harry May -- The Gipsy quadrilles by Stephen Glover; London, Robert Cocks [includes score] / S. Rosenthal, lith. |||| Other (3 items): Ev'ry-body's learnin' how to do the big apple ... music by Bob Emmerich; New York, Crawford, 1937 [includes inset photo of Tommy Dorsey] -- Fashionable dances taught by [Pietro] Saracco ... ; New York, William Hall & Son, 1848 [portrait of Saracco; includes partial score] / on stone by [Francis] Davignon, from daguer[roty]pe by [P.] Haas -- Petit bal costumé, six petits morceaux pour violon avec accompaniment de piano par Guido Papini; London, W. Pitt & Hatzfeld [depicts children at a fancy-dress party; includes score for no. 3, May queen].
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Mus 1-26
Dorsey, Tommy, 1905-1956
Perrot, Jules, 1810-1892
Grahn, Lucile, 1819-1907
Grisi, Carlotta, 1819-1899
Saracco, Pietro
Desjardins, Pauline
De Korponay, Gabriel
Searing, J. H
Parodi, Teresa, 1827-
Cerrito, Fanny
Saint-Léon, Arthur, 1821-1870
Sontag, Henriette, 1806-1854
Lablache, Luigi, 1794-1858
Adams, C. (Caroline)
Cormack, John, d. 1890
Planquette, Robert, 1848-1903 -- Cloches de Corneville
Adam, Adolphe, 1803-1856 -- Postillon de Lonjumeau
Donizetti, Gaetano, 1797-1848 -- Elisir d'amore
Catarina; ou La fille du bandit (Choreographic work : Perrot)
Vivandière (Choreographic work : Cerrito and Saint-Léon)
Ballroom dancing
Polka (Dance)
Dance music
Sheet music covers
Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Josephine Butler.
Biographical/historical: Josephine DeNatale Butler, 1911-1996, was a dance educator, historian, and author. She began her career in fashion design, but in 1936 she and her husband Albert Butler founded the Albert Butler School of Dance, which she directed for fifty years. They also collaborated on the monumental Encyclopedia of social dancing, versions of which first appeared in the late 1960s. In 1970 she created an archive of social dancing, encompassing print materials, moving images, and other memorabilia, at the Dance Collection (today known as the Jerome Robbins Dance Division) of New York Public Library. These music covers were among a collection of additional materials donated to the Library by her estate in 1996, selections from which appeared in the Library's exhibition Cotillion to cakewalk: social dance prints, presented from May 19-Sept. 13, 1997.
Exhibitions: Exhibited: "Cotillion to cakewalk: social dance prints," organized by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, May 19-Sept. 13, 1997.
Physical Description
Extent: 26 prints : chiefly lithograph, color and b&w ; 37 x 27 cm. or smaller.
Sheet music covers, some with complete or partial scores attached, with illustrations depicting various forms of social dancing or related subjects, such as historical or folk dancing from ballets, operas, and other theatrical productions. More than half date from the 1840s and 1850s; all except three date from the 19th century. Intended for home performance, the music was often arranged by musicians other than the original composers. The collection is arranged in five groups: Ballroom dancing, Polkas, Theatrical works, Folk and ethnic dancing, and Other.
Type of Resource
Still image
Notated music
RLIN/OCLC: 825109056
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758821
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a283c6b0-88fa-0134-d246-00505686a51c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1810: Creator Born
  • 1830: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1870: Creator Died
  • 2018: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Josephine Butler collection of music covers