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The royal polka
Brandard, John, 1812-1863 (Attributed name)
Jullien, Louis Antoine, 1812-1860 (Composer)
W. Sharp & Co (Lithographer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1849 (Approximate)
Place: Boston
Publisher: Charles Bradlee & Co.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bra J Roy 1
Polka (Dance)
Sheet music covers
Statement of responsibility: composed by Jullien.
Caption title.
Statement of responsibility: W. Sharp & Co. Lith.
On p. 3: Jullien's celebrated polkas. This is the only correct description of Jullien's polka [description of dance movements].
Biographical/historical: This print reproduces an image signed on stone by John Brandard, and published in London in the 1840s as the music cover to Jullien's celebrated polkas, No. 2, the Royal Polka. George Chaffee, in the article cited above, suggests that it may represent the ballerinas Fanny Cerrito and Camille.
Biographical/historical: The polka enjoyed enormous popularity both as a dance and a musical form. Although opinions about its origins differ, it is believed to have roots in Poland or Bohemia. It was brought to Prague in 1837 and made its way to Vienna, St. Petersburg, Paris, and London. Capitalizing on its growing popularity as a ballroom dance, Jules Perrot and Carlotta Grisi introduced it to the ballet stage in 1844. In the mid 1800s, it rivalled the waltz as a dance craze. It has survived into the twenty-first century, and until 2009 was included as a category in the Grammy Awards.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : chromolithograph on tinted ground, color ; 33 x 25 cm. + music score (4 p.)
Sheet music cover illustration depicting two female dancers in folk costume.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825120820
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758956
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 56ec03c0-ead2-0133-d32d-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1812: Creator Born
  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1863: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The royal polka" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1840 - 1849.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The royal polka" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 24, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1840 - 1849). The royal polka Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The royal polka