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La leçon de danse
Additional title: Irina Baronova collection
Martinet, Aaron, 1762-1841 (Printer)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1810 - 1819 (Questionable)
Place: Paris
Publisher: Martinet Libraire
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Anon Lec 1
Dancers -- France -- 19th century
Dance -- Study and teaching -- France -- 19th century
Caption title.
Déposée à la Bibliotheque Nationale.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Victoria Tennant, 2011.
Biographical/historical: In another version of this print, issued by the same publisher, the dancing child is replaced by a male spectator. As of this writing, it is not known which image was the original, nor when the change was made.
Biographical/historical: The printing and publishing house of Maison Martinet was founded in 1796 by Aaron Martinet, 1762-1841, who became well-known for publishing satirical prints. His shop on the Rue de Coq in Paris was famous for its window displays of the latest prints, which may have included this print.
Forms part of: Irina Baronova collection. Graphics.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, engraving, color ; 27 x 33 cm., plate mark 24 x 30 cm.
Representation of a rather joyless dancing lesson. The woman at center stands in the position termed in ballet "à la seconde," her right arm curved over her head. The man at left, possibly the dancing master, appears to be exhorting or correcting her. In the background at right, an impossibly thin and attenuated woman stands on three-quarter pointe, facing away from the viewer. Also present are two female spectators, one of whom holds a dancing child by the hand.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825066786
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758165
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3bc82d80-b0d1-0133-08d5-00505686a51c
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

  • 1762: Creator Born
  • 1810: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1841: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "La leçon de danse" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1810 - 1819. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ccb9e00-b199-0133-96a9-00505686a51c

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "La leçon de danse" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 16, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ccb9e00-b199-0133-96a9-00505686a51c

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1810 - 1819). La leçon de danse Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/2ccb9e00-b199-0133-96a9-00505686a51c

Wikipedia Citation

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La leçon de danse