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Title
Mlle. Camargo
Names
Lancret, Nicolas, 1690-1743 (Artist)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1730 - 1739 (Questionable)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Cam 1
Topics
Camargo, Marie Anne de Cupis de, 1710-1770
Ballet -- France -- 18th century
Genres
Prints
Notes
Statement of responsibility: Lancret pinxt.
Date: The date 1731 is handwritten below the title.
Includes four lines of verses, reading from left to right: Originale dans ma danse / Je puis le disputer aux Balons, aux Blondis, / Fidele aux loix de la Cadence / Je forme, au gré de l'art, les pas les plus hardis.
Biographical/historical: Although the printmaker has not been identified, this image closely follows Nicolas Lancret's oil painting, dated 1730, in the Wallace Collection, London, which is thought to be the earliest of Lancret's portrayals of Camargo. The verses below the painting are also seen on two other prints of this image, though the order of the lines is different, reading: Fidele aux loix de la Cadence / Je forme, au gré de l'art, les pas les plus hardis; / Originale dans ma danse / Je puis le disputer aux Balons, aux Blondis. These verses, along with a lengthier poem in English, appear on a similar engraving by Garnier, held by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and on Laurent Cars's engraving, which reverses the image so that Camargo gazes toward her right. The names Balon and Blondi in the poem refer to two male dancers who were Camargo's contemporaries, Jean Balon and Beauchamp Blondi.
Physical Description
Etchings
Engravings
Extent: 1 print : 13 x 18 cm., plate mark 13 x 14 cm.
Description
Depiction of the French ballerina Marie Camargo dancing in a sylvan landscape. A musician stands at her right; four more musicians and two onlookers (among them the only other woman besides the dancer) are ranged on lower ground at her left. Camargo is poised on her right foot, with her left foot slightly elevated; her gaze is directed to her left. She wears the shortened skirts that she introduced to display the brilliance of her footwork.
Type of Resource
Still image
Languages
French
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: 825066734
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758159
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 70f65550-ada1-0133-3318-00505686a51c
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

  • 1690: Creator Born
  • 1730: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1743: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Mlle. Camargo" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1730 - 1739. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/278b8920-ada5-0133-31ad-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Mlle. Camargo" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 14, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/278b8920-ada5-0133-31ad-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1730 - 1739). Mlle. Camargo Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/278b8920-ada5-0133-31ad-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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Mlle. Camargo