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[The dragon of Wantley].
Carey, Henry, 1687?-1743 (Librettist)
Lampe, John Frederick, 1703?-1751 (Arranger)

Prints depicting dance

Ballet or dance scenes from theatrical works, with or without people in them

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1730 (Inferred)
Issuance: single unit
Table of Contents
Moor[e] circulating the cheerful glass [song from Act I: Zeno, Plato, Aristotle].
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFA-17 Anon Dra 1
Flute and continuo music
Moor circulating the cheerful glass is numbered at top right: 4.
Acquisition: Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Biographical/historical: The dragon of Wantley (music, John Frederick Lampe; libretto, Henry Carey) was first performed at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, London, in 1737, and was so well received that it soon moved to the larger Covent Garden theatre, where it was presented in its definitive three-act form. Based on a Yorkshire legend, it featured a dragon (sung by a bass) that was vanquished by Moore of Moore-Hall, a man with two romantic interests, his current love Margery and his "cast-off mistress" Mauxalinda. Although this work was meant as a satire of the artificiality and overblown sentimentality of contemporary Italian opera, it was transcended by its score, the only one of Lampe's operas to survive in its entirety.
Biographical/historical: Although these illustrations do not include the artist's name or signature, they may have been engraved by George Bickham, 1706?-1771, for the song collection The musical entertainer, the first edition of which appeared in 1737.
Cataloging funds provided by Friends of Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : 40 x 25 cm. or smaller, image 11 x 19 cm.
Illustrated sheet music for songs from the burlesque opera The dragon of Wantley, each containing music for accompanied voice and flute. Both depict the principal male character, Moore of Moore-Hall (described in the libretto as a valiant knight), costumed in the tonnelet, a short hoop-skirt worn by male ballet dancers in the eighteenth-century.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19477877
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 943e20b0-8829-0130-17f9-58d385a7bbd0
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

  • 1730: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "[The dragon of Wantley]." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1730. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/caddc6b0-9b1a-0130-e83d-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "[The dragon of Wantley]." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 5, 2022. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/caddc6b0-9b1a-0130-e83d-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1730). [The dragon of Wantley]. Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/caddc6b0-9b1a-0130-e83d-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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[The dragon of Wantley].