NamesBryan, Alfred, 1852-1899 (Illustrator)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1882 - 1891 (Questionable)
Table of ContentsJohn D'Auban, ballet master; Entr'acte annual, [1882?] -- Captain Shaw. He has had a busy season; Entr'acte annual, [1882?] -- Miss Emma D'Auban, Drury Lane Theatre, 3rd season; Entr'acte annual, [1883?] -- When Miss Norreys and other actresses want to be coached up in a dance, they take sweet counsel of Mr. John D'Auban; The Entr'acte, June 20, 1891.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX DAub 1-3
TopicsD'Auban, John -- Caricatures and cartoonsD'Auban, Emma -- Caricatures and cartoonsShaw, Eyre Massey, 1828-1908 -- Caricatures and cartoonsChoreographers -- England -- 19th century
NotesStatement of responsibility: AB.Title devised by cataloger.Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.Biographical/historical: The English dancer, choreographer, teacher, and actor John D'Auban, 1842-1922, is probably best remembered today for his association with W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, for whom he choreographed many operettas. He was a prolific choreographer for the London stage, contributing to pantomimes, burlesques, and music hall performances. He began his career as a child dancer in his family's troupe, and continued to perform as an adult. He married in 1871, and his wife used the stage name Emma D'Auban. As the caricature of his lesson with the British actress Miss Norreys testifies, he was also a renowned dance teacher.Biographical/historical: Along with the portrayal of John D'Auban on its recto, the caricature of Captain Sir Eyre Massey Shaw, 1830-1908, may be dated to 1882, the premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Iolanthe. Shaw, the superintendent of London's Metropolitan Fire Brigade, was known for his introduction of innovative firefighting techniques. The Fairy Queen, a principal character in Iolanthe, alludes in an aria to his prowess in extinguishing fires, though she is actually concerned with the metaphorical flames of passion. John D'Auban choreographed the dances in Iolanthe.
Physical DescriptionWood engravingsExtent: 4 prints (3 sheets) : b&w ; 29 x 19 cm. or smaller
DescriptionCaricatures from the periodicals The Entr'acte and The Entr'acte Annual, published in London. John D'Auban appears in two prints, respectively as dancer and teacher. On the verso of one print is a caricature of the firefighter Captain Shaw. Emma D'Auban is depicted in a seated position, but she is dressed in a knee-length skirt and holds a tambourine as though awaiting her cue to dance.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825554015NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759834Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4449ab20-ead3-0133-773c-00505686a51c
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