The queen of the swords
NamesOrchardson, William Quiller, Sir, 1832-1910 (Artist)Goupil & Cie (Printer of plates)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1877 (Questionable)Place: PhiladelphiaPublisher: Barrie
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Orc W Que 1
TopicsScott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. PirateBallroom dancing -- Scotland -- 18th centuryReproductive prints
NotesStatement of responsibility: W.Q. Orchardson pinx. ; gravure Goupil & Cie.Caption title.Date: Signed and dated at lower right: W.Q. Orchardson, 77.At lower left: L'Exposition Universelle de 1875. [Note: The original painting was made in 1877.]Biographical/historical: This print reproduces Sir William Quiller Orchardson's oil painting of the same title, which was inspired by Sir Walter Scott's novel The pirate (1821). Although the novel was set in seventeenth-century Zetland (Shetland), an archipelago in Scotland, Orchardson updated the scene to the 1760s. The central woman in the painting is Scott's character Minna Troll, who falls in love with Captain Cleveland, the eponymous pirate. Orchardson, who was born in Edinburgh, created this painting in 1877 after his move to London, and it brought him great acclaim.
Physical DescriptionIntaglio printsExtent: 1 print : gravure, b&w ; 26 x 42 cm., plate mark 20 x 27 cm.
DescriptionDepiction of a dance with swords, performed by men and women in eighteenth-century attire. The men, in two rows, form an arch under which the women pass. A cellist and a violinist play in the background from an elevated position.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825553087NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759804Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e7decea0-88fa-0134-f1d1-00505686a51c
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