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The famous Dutch woman
Additional title: Fameuse Hollandoise danceuse de corde
Additional title: Famosa donna Thedesca
Tempest, Pierce, 1653-1717 (Printmaker)
Laroon, Marcellus, 1653-1702 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1711 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Tem P Dut 1
Tightrope walking
Dance -- England -- 17th century
Statement of responsibility: M Lauron delin ; P. Tempest exc : cum privilegio.
Content: Caption title.
Numbering: At lower right: 64.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Dramatis Personae, 2010.
Biographical/historical: This image was originally published in The cryes of the city of London drawne after the life, published by Pierce Tempest in 1688. In that edition, however, the prints were not numbered (as may be seen on the version posted on the British Museum's online catalog). This print, which is numbered 64, probably comes from the second edition, published by Henry Overton in 1711.
Biographical/historical: The artist Marcel or Marcellus Lauron came from The Hague to England, where his last name was anglicized as Laroon. Also known as "Old Laroon" to distinguish him from his son, who had the same name, he is said to have specialized in low-life genre scenes. In its online catalog, the Victoria and Albert Museum, which also holds copies of this image, speculates that it may depict a German rope dancer who appeared at London's Bartholomew Fair (a source of popular entertainment), since the word "Deutsch" (German) was often corrupted into "Dutch." In a second print from the The cryes of the city of London, held by the British Museum, the rope walker is depicted falling off the rope.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, engraving; 25 x 17 cm.
Full-length depiction of a female rope walker, holding a balancing pole. Dressed in a male costume of doublet and hose, she is poised on her right foot, her left foot raised slightly behind her.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825067738
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758174
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d1680b10-0104-0135-3034-08d6419ca8b6
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1653: Creator Born
  • 1711: Issued
  • 1717: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

MLA Format

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The famous Dutch woman