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Women dancers in prints
Additional title: Ballou's pictorial
Champney, W. L (Engraver)
Jahyer, Octave Edouard Jean, b. 1826 (Artist)
Lacauchie, Alexandre (Lithographer)
Leloir, Maurice, 1853-1940 (Engraver)
Mesplès, Paul Eugène, b. 1849 (Artist)
Teia, Casimiro (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1800 - 1899 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Folder 1. Giuseppina Angiolini [Giuseppa Angelini; in the role of] Arsace nella Semi[rami]de / Ripani [?] del. -- Mlle. Augusta [stage name of Caroline Augusta Fuchs] -- La prima ballerina Signora Antonietta [sic] Bella; [L'illustrazione italiana, 21 febbraio 1886] / disegno di A. Cairoli -- Antoinetta Bella, premiere danseuse -- Catterina [sic] Beretta; Galleria Artistica Teatrale, [1856] / [signed on stone] C. Teja -- Portrait of Madlle. Louise Blanche [as Columbine in Harlequin Old Parr; with accompanying article on the verso]; Theatrical times, Feb. 3, 1849 -- Gli Allievi dell' I.R. Accademia di ballo e di mimica in Milano l'anno 1838 consacravano ad Annunziata Blasis -- Marietta Bonfanti [on the verso: Madame Ristori] -- Esther de Bongars; Paris, publié par Mareham / Alex[andre] Lacauchie -- Madame Celeste as Eugenia Claircille [with accompanying article]; Theatrical times, Oct. 17, 1846 -- Mdlle. Cerito, as la Vivandiere [with accompanying article]; Illustrated London News, June 1, 1844 -- Fanny Cerrito; Theatrical portraits [on mount with review and reproductions]. Folder 2. [Melle. Chameroy; handwritten in pencil] -- Signora Ciocca / Roberts sc. -- Mlle. Theodora de Gillert, premier dancer -- Maria Giuri -- Mdlle. Lucile Grahn [with accompanying article] / copied from a French print -- Lucile Grahn; Portraitgalerie, Taf. XL; [penciled on the verso: from Die Bilder-Welt, Leipzig, J.J. Weber, 1858] -- [Teresa Heberle, 1840; penciled on the verso] -- Souvenir de ballet, Lamoureux galop du Faust [sheet music cover portraying Louise Lamoureux]; Boston, Russell & Richardson, 1857 / J.H. Bufford's Lith. -- M'lle. [Louise] Lamoureux, the celebrated danseuse [with accompanying article]; Ballou's pictorial, Jan. 16, 1858 / [signed on matrix] Champney -- Miss Katti Lanner (the ballet); The Entr'acte, Dec. 31, 1887 / [initialed on matrix] A.B. [?] -- The new danseuse, Emma Livry -- A. Mérante / [signed on stone] Maurice Leloir ; Franck, phot. ; M. Leloir, sc. ; Imp. Cadart. Folder 3. Mourawieff se faisant applaudir pour sa manière de lever la jambe [cartoon of Marfa Muravʹëva] -- Mlle. [Maria] Nau, costume de Zélia [sic] dans le Lac des fées (Academie Royale de Musique); Le monde dramatique / Imp. d'Aubert & Cie. -- Amalia Price -- Clara Qualitz -- [Mlle. Teresa Rolla; handwritten in pencil] -- [Mlle. Rosati; handwritten in ink] -- Rosati / O. Jahyer del. sc. -- Rita Sangalli; Beauties and celebrities of the stage [on the verso: Madame La Grange] -- Les deux pigeons, Pepio; [Mlle. Sanlaville; handwritten in pencil] / A. Bianchini inv. ; E. Mesples del. -- Madame Schall som Nina / Chr. J. Catos. Lith. -- A.M. Schall [with verse signed N.T. Bruun] / Hornemann [?] del. ; A. Flint sc. -- Fräulein Schiller als falsche Pepita / [signed on stone] Alb. Decker -- Fru Anna Tychsen i Kermessen i Brügge / [initialed on matrix] C.P. -- Miss Marie Zoel, as she appears in her celebrated clog hornpipe.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Wom 1-38
Angelini, Giuseppa
Fuchs, Caroline Augusta
Bella, Antoinetta
Beretta, Caterina, 1840-1911
Blanche, Louise, b. 1826
Blasis, Annunziata Ramaccini, 1807-1892
Bonfanti, Maria, 1847-1921
Bongars, Esther de, fl. 1832-1856
Celeste, Madame (Céline), 1814-1882
Cerrito, Fanny
Chameroy, Marie Adrienne, 1779-1802
Ciocca, Giovanna
Gillert, Theodora de
Giuri, Marie
Grahn, Lucile, 1819-1907
Héberlé, Thérèse, 1806-1840
Lamoureux, Louise, active 1857
Lanner, Katti, 1829-1908
Livry, Emma, 1842-1863
Mérante, Annette
Muravʹeva, Marḟa Nikolaevna, 1838-1879
Nau, Maria, 1818-1891
Price, Amalia, active approximately 1849-1853
Qualitz, Clara
Rolla, Teresa
Rosati, Carolina Galetti, 1826-1905
Sangalli, Rita, 1849-1909
Sanlaville, Marie 1847-1930
Schall, Margarethe, 1775-1852
Tychsen, Anna Regina Scholl, active 1822
Zoel, Marie
Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871. Lac des fées
Deux pigeons (Choreographic work : Mérante)
Kermessen i Brügge; eller De tre Gaver (Choreographic work : Bournonville)
Nina; eller Den vanvittige af kierlighed (Choreographic work : Galeotti)
Sylphide (Choreographic work : Bournonville)
Women dancers -- 19th century
Sheet music covers
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Content: The print "M'lle. Lamoureux, the celebrated danseuse" is accompanied by Ballou's pictorial, Jan. 16, 1858, p. [33]-48. It includes articles and illustrations on subjects other than dance.
Funding: M'lle Lamoureux (Ballou's pictorial) purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Giuseppina Angiolini, Annunziata Blasis, [Melle. Chameroy], Lucile Grahn (Portraitgalerie), [Teresa Heberle], Lamoureux galop, A. Mérante, Amalia Price, Clara Qualitz, [Mlle. Rosati], Les deux pigeons Gift; Lillian Moore.
Acquisition: Esther de Bongars, Katti Lanner, [Teresa Rolla] Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.
Acquisition: M'lle Lamoureux (Ballou's pictorial) Purchase; Agnes de Mille, 1986.
Biographical/historical: Brief notes on various dancers: Louise Blanche, b. 1826 in Portsmouth, England, danced at the Lyceum, Strand, and other London theatres. The dancer identified here as Marietta Bonfanti is probably the Italian-born ballerina Maria Bonfanti, who toured and taught in the United States. The actress Esther de Bongars appeared on the Parisian stage from 1832 to 1856. Melle. Chameroy, whose first name is variously given as Marie Adrienne, Adrienne, or Louise, was a dancer at the Paris Opéra. Signora Ciocca is probably Giovanna Ciocca, an Italian ballerina who came to the United States in 1847, and performed with George Washington Smith. This collection's two prints of Danish ballerina Lucile Grahn both depict her in a much-copied pose from the ballet La sylphide, which she first danced in August Bournonville's version in 1836. The Austrian-born dancer Teresa or Thérèse Héberlé danced in Italy in the 1820s-1830s. The dancer identified as A. Mérante may be Annette Mérante. In the cartoon of Marfa Muravʹëva, the word Diavolina is both the title and the main character (danced by Muravʹëva) of Arthur Saint-Léon's ballet, first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1863. Le lac des fées, an opera by Daniel Auber (first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1839) featured the soprano Maria Nau, wearing a ballet dancer's tutu, in the role of the fairy Zéila. The Italian-born dancer Teresa Rolla performed at Niblo's Garden, New York, in the late 1850s. Marie Sanlaville is depicted in the breeches role of Pepio in Louis Mérante's ballet Les deux pigeons, first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1886; the ballet's costumes were designed by Bianchini, whose name appears on the print. The Danish ballerina Margrethe Schall, whose first names are also given as Anna Margrethe or Margarethe, was a leading dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet from 1798 to 1827; one of the prints in this collection portrays her In the title role of Vincenzo Galeotti's ballet Nina (1802). Fräulein Schiller may be Kathi Schiller, b. 1830. Anna Tychsen is depicted in August Bournonville's ballet Kermessen i Brügge, first performed by the Royal Danish Ballet in 1851. Marie Zoel was praised for her clog dancing in the Yankee Clipper of Apr. 16, 1870.
Physical Description
Extent: 37 prints : wood engraving, lithograph, etching, engraving, or aquatint, black and white, hand-colored, or one color ; 35 x 28 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 photomechanical print on tissue paper : black and white ; 33 x 22 cm.
Collection culled from a variety of sources, depicting action drawings or portraits of women dancers chiefly active during the nineteenth century. Some of the women are better known as actresses or singers but appear here in dance poses or costumes. The collection has been arranged alphabetically by the performers' surnames.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825771260
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19760335
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 73c7a4f0-0105-0135-955f-2facafd91613
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Women dancers in prints