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French spy
Celeste, Madame (Céline), 1814-1882 (Associated name)
J.H. Bufford & Co (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1860 - 1869 (Approximate)
Place: Boston
Publisher: J.H. Bufford
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Fre 7
Menken, Adah Isaacs, 1835-1868
Haines, John Thomas, 1799?-1843 -- French spy
Statement of responsibility: lith[ographed] & published by J.H. Bufford.
Biographical/historical: A smaller-scale version of this image appears in a scrapbook of cartes de visite held by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. The carte de visite itself bears no text, but the handwritten identification on the scrapbook reads "Ada [sic] Isaacs Menken?" The French spy, a play by John Thomas Haines that appeared with various subtitles over the years, was first presented in Paris in 1830, with Céline Celeste in the role of the Arab boy. The American actress Adah Isaacs Menken first appeared in the same role around 1859, performing it in Boston, New York, and other American cities through the 1860s. Although the performer in this lithograph has been sometimes been identified as Celeste, the draped costume and headdress she wears are similar if not identical to costumes worn by Menken in photographs of this role and others, while prints of Celeste show her in a more elaborately cut costume, with a turban on her head. The lithographer/publisher's location in Boston also suggests that the image was inspired by an American production.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph on tinted ground, b&w ; 35 x 26 cm.
Action drawing of a woman dressed as a man, in a scanty costume that bares her arms and legs. Her hair is partly hidden by a flowing headdress surmounted by a crescent. In her right hand is a bow.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 827003041
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19765528
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c21815b0-ed3c-0133-51b7-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1814: Creator Born
  • 1860: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1882: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "French spy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1860 - 1869. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a21428e0-f05e-0133-47cd-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "French spy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 4, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a21428e0-f05e-0133-47cd-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1860 - 1869). French spy Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/a21428e0-f05e-0133-47cd-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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French spy