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John D'Auban
Bryan, Alfred, 1852-1899 (Illustrator)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1882 - 1891 (Questionable)
Table of Contents
John 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 locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX DAub 1-3
D'Auban, John -- Caricatures and cartoons
D'Auban, Emma -- Caricatures and cartoons
Shaw, Eyre Massey, 1828-1908 -- Caricatures and cartoons
Choreographers -- England -- 19th century
Statement 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 Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 4 prints (3 sheets) : b&w ; 29 x 19 cm. or smaller
Caricatures 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 Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825554015
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759834
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4449ab20-ead3-0133-773c-00505686a51c
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Item timeline of events

  • 1852: Creator Born
  • 1882: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1899: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "John D'Auban" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1882 - 1891.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "John D'Auban" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 16, 2020.

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Wikipedia Citation

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John D'Auban