Black crook. Pas de demons: as performed at the Varieties Theatre, St. Louis
NamesMcLean, A. (Alexander), b. ca. 1823 (Lithographer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1867 (Questionable)Place: St. LouisPublisher: Rd. J. Compton
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Bla 1
TopicsBallet -- United States -- 19th centuryMusicals. Black crook
GenresPrintsSheet music covers
NotesStatement of responsibility: composed by W.D.C. Böteführ.Caption title.At head of title: To Mlle. Annetta Galleti.Statement of responsibility: A. McLean Lith.Acquisition: Gift; David Mann, 1958.Biographical/historical: The black crook, a theatrical extravaganza first presented at Niblo's Garden, New York, in 1866, is considered to be the first "book musical," with a unifying story linking its songs and dances. Highly popular, it was revived many times in New York, and widely performed on tour. This print represents a pose from Act II, scene 4, with Stalacta, queen of the Golden Realm, surrounded by her attendant demons. Their pas de demons was a highlight of the production. The central group of three women resembles the central trio on a sheet music cover for the Black crook waltzes, though this resemblance may be due to both artists' observation of the scene in the theatre.
Physical DescriptionChromolithographsExtent: 1 print : chromolithograph, mica flakes?, color ; 36 x 28 cm.
DescriptionSheet music cover illustration of a scene from The black crook. In a grotto, a woman in a white tutu stands on pointe, flanked by four women dressed in brief black and red costumes. On their heads, all five wear red flamelike ornaments symbolizing demons' horns.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825122475NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759036Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 154b3070-ead2-0133-725e-00505686a51c
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