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Partie de la masquerade

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Partie de la masquerade
Additional title: Die Lust sich zuverkleiden
Nilson, Johann Esaias, 1721-1788 (Engraver)
Nilson, Johann Esaias, 1721-1788 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1760 - 1780 (Questionable)
Place: Augsburg
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Nil J Par 1
Masquerades -- 18th century
Statement of responsibility: J.E. Nilson, inv. sculps. et excud. A.V.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Johann Esaias Nilson, who was born and died in Augsburg, was a German miniature painter, draughtsman, engraver, and print publisher. Trained in part by his parents, who were also miniature painters, he worked as a court painter, producing portraits of the nobility. He founded a printing house in 1751 and published the designs and engravings of other artists, as well as his own.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : engraving, b&w ; 31 x 22 cm., plate mark 28 x 19 cm.
Two vignettes on one sheet. At top within a circular frame, a woman and man, both holding masks, cast fond glances at each another. Various figures surround them outside the frame; among them are a man in a peaked hat, partly concealed by shadows; a masked dwarf; a man with an agitated child; and a masked woman in peasant dress, who reaches towards a bottle. The image below depicts a woman and man who seem to be wearing fancy dress; her skirt, adorned with stars and an owl with outspread wings, reaches only to her calves, and the man's knee-breeches are decorated with the astrological symbols for Cancer and Capricorn. The woman wears what appears to be a crescent moon atop her head; the man wears a rayed sun. Neither, however, is masked. The man's right leg is raised in a dancing or running position.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 771303673
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19477881
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 60b23f80-fd79-0132-2aaf-58d385a7bbd0
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1721: Creator Born
  • 1760: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1788: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Partie de la masquerade" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1760 - 1780.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Partie de la masquerade" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 22, 2021.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1760 - 1780). Partie de la masquerade Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Partie de la masquerade