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Boxing Day ten a.m.
Moore, Lillian (Donor)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Boxing Day for dancers

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1850 - 1859 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Box 1
Ballet dancers -- 19th century
Boxing Day
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Boxing Day in Britain and other Commonwealth nations is the day after Christmas, December 26. Its name is often said to derive from the Christmas boxes (tips or gifts) given to servitors and underlings on that day. Though others may have celebrated it as a secular holiday, it was apparently not a day off for nineteenth-century theatrical performers.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Extent: 1 print : wood engraving?, color ; 24 x 35 cm.
One of two prints contrasting different moments in the lives of female ballet dancers of the nineteenth century. Here, they appear to be gathering for a rehearsal. Still dressed in street clothes, they mill about the stage. Only one woman, at far right, raises her leg in a grand battement as though warming up. The man behind them, pointing to something outside the frame, may be a member of the stage crew. In the related print, "Boxing Day ten p.m." (*MGZFX Anon Box 2) the women have metamorphosed into glamorously costumed dancers onstage, apparently captured in performance.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825122529
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759045
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 156b95e0-616c-013c-96fd-0242ac110003
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1850: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2023: Digitized
  • 2024: Found by you!
  • 2025

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Boxing Day ten a.m." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1850 - 1859. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf12ad90-ada4-0133-83dc-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Boxing Day ten a.m." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 21, 2024. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf12ad90-ada4-0133-83dc-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1850 - 1859). Boxing Day ten a.m. Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/cf12ad90-ada4-0133-83dc-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Boxing Day ten a.m.