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Red coat polka
Pease, Harry E (Engraver)
Warren, George William, 1828-1902 (Composer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1858
Place: Albany, N.Y
Publisher: J.H. Hidley
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Pea H Red 1
Ballroom dancing -- United States -- 19th century
Polka (Dance)
Piano music
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composed for the piano and dedicated to the Albany Burgesses Corps by George William Warren ; engraved & printed in colours by Harry E. Pease.
Caption title.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: The polka enjoyed enormous popularity both as a dance and a musical form. Although opinions about its origins differ, it is believed to have roots in Poland or Bohemia. It was brought to Prague in 1837 and made its way to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Paris, and London. Capitalizing on its growing popularity as a ballroom dance, Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi introduced it to the ballet stage in 1844. In the mid 1800s, it rivalled the waltz as a dance craze. It has survived into the twenty-first century, and until 2009 was included as a category in the Grammy Awards.
Biographical/historical: Harry E. Pease and Richard H. Pease were printmakers and proprietors of the Pease Great Variety Store in Albany, New York. They are credited with printing the first Christmas card in the United States in 1851.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : 35 x 28 cm. + music score (5 p.)
Sheet music cover illustration depicting a ball in a grand ballroom hung with red, white, and blue bunting. The women wear ballgowns and jewels; some of the men wear military uniforms, while others are dressed in evening attire. At center, a uniformed man and a woman join hands, apparently to commence the dance.
Type of Resource
Still image
Notated music
RLIN/OCLC: 825075851
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758250
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6f8729f0-89be-0134-6314-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1858: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Red coat polka" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1858.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Red coat polka" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 26, 2024.

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Wikipedia Citation

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Red coat polka