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Le bal des nations

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Le bal des nations

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1710 - 1799 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Anon Nat 1
Fans -- France -- 18th century
Biographical/historical: In his History of the fan, G. Woolliscroft Rhead describes Le bal des nations as an example of an engraved fan with a topical subject, here the declaration of war against Emperor Charles VI. Other fans of this kind were made in Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, aquatint, engraving, one col. ; plate mark 16 x 27 cm., line border 13 x 24 cm.
Design for a fan, possibly a reproduction from a book. Wearing the costumes of various nations, a group of women and a few men (including a mustached man at center in travesty, wearing an ankle-length skirt) gathers on a terrace flanked by vine-circled columns; a few refreshments are set out at right. In French verses various countries have their say, beginning with La France and going on to L'Espagne, La Sardagne, L'Italie, L'Allemagne, La Saxe, La Russie, La Pologne, La Turquie, La Hollande, and L'Angleterre. The music to which the verses are sung is indicated at left by the note "sur l'air du bel âges," and musical notation on the risers of the steps. The word "bal" in the title may be metaphorical rather than literal, although the three central figures (the man in travesty and the two women flanking him) seem to interact in dance-like positions.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 771466291
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19477882
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0c126820-f036-0132-b74a-58d385a7b928
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

  • 1710: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Le bal des nations" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1710 - 1799. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/019f9180-f03e-0132-3335-58d385a7bbd0

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Le bal des nations" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 18, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/019f9180-f03e-0132-3335-58d385a7bbd0

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1710 - 1799). Le bal des nations Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/019f9180-f03e-0132-3335-58d385a7bbd0

Wikipedia Citation

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Le bal des nations