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Die Willy

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Die Willy
Pobuda, Rees et Cie (Publisher)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1836
Place: Stuttgart
Publisher: Lith. Anst. v. Pobuda, Rees et Cie.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFD Inj Wil 1
Statement of responsibility: Injser [?] del.
The artist's name has not been confirmed.
Acquisition: Gift; Lillian Moore.
Biographical/historical: Despite its title, which seems to refer to the Wilis of Jean Coralli's ballet Giselle, the ghostly and vengeful maidens who died before their weddings, this print actually predates Giselle, which was not created until 1841. It may have been inspired by a theatrical production, or intended as a satire of such a production.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : lithograph, b&w ; 16 x 24 cm.
In a scene worthy of modern-day Halloween excesses, a young woman with long loose hair, wearing in a knee-length dress that suggests a theatrical costume rather than everyday apparel, stands on her toes as she raises her left hand to her ear, as though straining to hear a sound or voice. In her right hand is a tambourine. She is surrounded by all manner of eerie and mysterious folk: a batlike figure playing a violin; a dour female drummer; a black cat; the ghostly head of a bearded man rising from the earth; a midget in eighteenth-century dress, who aims his rapier at her skirt; a bespectacled dog on his hind legs, playing the triangle. In the background is a chorus line of skeletons and spectral figures; a full moon illuminates all. Inscriptions in Greek letters are written on the arch above the scene.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 768219655
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19432965
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 26e43ac0-fcd7-0132-5c04-58d385a7bbd0
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

  • 1836: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Die Willy" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1836. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/34df33f0-fcd9-0132-1738-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Die Willy" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 8, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/34df33f0-fcd9-0132-1738-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1836). Die Willy Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/34df33f0-fcd9-0132-1738-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Die Willy