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Josephine Butler collection of dance prints from illustrated periodicals
Additional title: Harper's Weekly
Additional title: Illustrated London news
Additional title: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper
Additional title: Charivari (Paris, France)
Additional title: Petit journal pour rire
Additional title: Illustrated News (New York, N.Y.)
Bush, Charles Green, 1842-1909 (Artist)
Worth, Thomas, 1834-1917 (Artist)
Rogers, W. A. (Artist)
Sterner, Albert, 1863-1946 (Artist)
Smedley, William T. (William Thomas), b. 1851 (Artist)
Keller, Arthur Ignatius, 1866-1924 (Artist)
Hutchison, D. C. (David Chapel), 1869-1954 (Artist)
Davis, G. A. (Georgina A.), ca. 1852-1901 (Artist)
Pennington, Harper, 1854-1920 (Artist)
Vernier, Charles, 1831-1887 (Lithographer)
Solar, M. de (Lithographer)
Butler, Josephine (Collector)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1840 - 1903 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Folder 1. Harper's Weekly (10 items): Grand fancy-dress ball at the opening of the new Academy of Music; Mar. 16, 1867 [accompanying article on the verso] -- Grand ball given in honor of President Grant at the Stetson House, Long Branch, July 26; Aug. 14, 1869 [accompanying article on the verso] / drawn by C.G. [Charles Green] Bush -- Ball at the New York Academy of Music in honor of the Grand Duke Alexis; Dec. 16, 1871 [accompanying article on the verso] -- Ye grand ducal ball at the Academy of Music; Dec. 16, 1871 / Tho[ma]s Worth -- The centennial ball in the Metropolitan Opera House; May 11, 1889 / drawn by W.A. [William Allen] Rogers -- The ball; Feb. 10, 1894 [double page] / from the watercolor by Albert E. Sterner -- The ball-room, Tuxedo; The gateway, Tuxedo; [unlabeled vignette of a man and a couple in snowshoes; Mar. 23, 1895] / [The ball-room is signed on matrix] W.T. [William Thomas] Smedley -- The new East Side of New York, a summer night on the asphalt [July 6, 1895] / drawn by W.A. Rogers -- The first cotillion of the century, given by Hon. W.C. Whitney, January 4, 1901 [Jan. 19, 1901; double page] / A.I. [Arthur Ignatius] Keller -- The country dance [Mar. 1, 1902; double page] / D.C. Hutchison. -- Folder 2. Illustrated London News (5 items): Grand Masonic ball at the Rotundo [sic], Dublin, in honour of the marriage of the Prince of Wales; May 9, 1863 -- State visit to the City: the royal quadrille; June 20, 1863 -- State visit to the City: general view of the Guildhall; June 20, 1863 [double page] / M. Jackson -- The international naval festival at Cherbourg: the ball at the Hotel de Ville; Sept. 2, 1865 / from a sketch by our special artist -- The international naval festival at Portsmouth: ball at the naval college; Sept. 16, 1865. -- Folder 3. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (3 items): New York City; merrymaking of newly-arrived immigrants at Castle Garden; joining in a national dance; June 10, 1882 / [monogram at left:] DG [or] GD; from a sketch by a staff artist -- Holiday festivities in colonial times; dancing the Virginia reel; Jan. 3, 1891 / drawn by Arthur Pennington [i.e., Harper Pennington] -- A harbinger of spring on the East Side of New York [front page illustration]; Leslie's Weekly Illustrated, Mar. 28, 1895 / drawn by G.A. [Georgina A.] Davis. -- Others (5 items): La polkamanie: la leçon chez Cellarius; Le Charivari / Ch[arles] Vernier -- Le quadrille des lanciers: triomphe des lanciers au salon de mars; Le Charivari / Ch[arles] Vernier -- Le dernier cotillon; Petit journal pour rire, no. 239 / Bertall -- Floral ball, Philadelphia; Illustrated News, New York, May 21, 1853 -- Le cake walk; Supplement, La Coiffure parisienne illustrée et le Moniteur de la Coiffure, Paris, Nov. 15, 1903 / M. de Solar.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFY Per 1-23
Ballroom dancing
Ballroom dancing -- Caricatures and cartoons
Cakewalk (Dance)
Virginia reel (Dance)
Polka (Dance)
Child dancers
Ballroom dancing -- 19th century
Ballroom dancing -- 20th century
Content: Title devised by cataloger.
Acquisition: Gift; Estate of Josephine Butler.
Biographical/historical: The Illustrated London News, said to be the world's first fully illustrated newspaper, was founded in 1842 by Herbert Ingram, a printer and newsagent. It aimed to cover a wide range of topics and embody a high moral tone, eschewing the currently popular focus on sensational crimes. Frank Leslie (born Henry Carter), a former engraver for the Illustrated London News, founded Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in 1855 in New York City. Harper's Weekly was founded in 1857 by Fletcher Harper; among its illustrators were Winslow Homer and Thomas Nast. It too was intended to appeal to readers in upper- and middle-class families.
Biographical/historical: Josephine DeNatale Butler, 1911-1996, was a dance educator, historian, and author. She began her career in fashion design, but in 1936 she and her husband Albert Butler founded the Albert Butler School of Dance, which she directed for fifty years. They also collaborated on the monumental Encyclopedia of social dancing, versions of which first appeared in the late 1960s. In 1970 she created an archive of social dancing, encompassing print materials, moving images, and other memorabilia, at the Dance Collection (today known as the Jerome Robbins Dance Division) of New York Public Library. These prints were among a collection of additional materials donated to the Library by her estate in 1996, selections from which appeared in the Library's exhibition Cotillion to cakewalk: social dance prints, presented from May 19-Sept. 13, 1997.
Physical Description
Wood engravings
Photomechanical prints
Extent: 14 prints : wood engraving, black and white ;42 x 56 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 print : engraving, black and white ;image 17 x 22 cm.
Extent: 5 photomechanical prints : black and white ;41 x 55 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 2 prints : lithograph, black and white ;38 x 30 cm. or smaller.
Extent: 1 print : chromolithograph, color ; visible image 30 x 24 cm., in mat 37 x 32 cm.
Two prints are attached to mounts or mats 46 x 61 cm. or smaller.
Illustrations chiefly of ballroom or social dancing from American, British, and French periodicals of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Seven prints date from the 1860s and five from the 1890s, with the others ranging from the 1840s to the 1900s. The largest number of prints in this collection were published in Harper's Weekly, New York; five are from the Illustrated London News; three from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (later called Leslie's Illustrated Weekly), New York. The collection has been arranged in four groups by these three titles and the category Others, for periodicals represented by only one or two prints.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825109831
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758823
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 23a3aab0-0108-0135-765b-0344be16a499
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1840: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1842: Creator Born
  • 1909: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Josephine Butler collection of dance prints from illustrated periodicals