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Basan, François, 1723-1797 (Engraver)
Vigée, Louis, 1727-1767 (Artist)
Favart, M. (Charles-Simon), 1710-1792 (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1750 - 1759 (Approximate)
Place: Paris
Publisher: Basan
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Bas F Nic 1
Bal de Strasbourg (Choreographic work)
Statement of responsibility: L. Vigée pinx. ; F. Basan sculp.
Caption title.
The following verse is printed below the title: Ma mi' Babichon, / C'est que j'nosois pas / Danser d'vant tout le monde, / J'aim 'tant à danser, / Que souvent tout seul, / Je dans' dans notre grange: / Quoiqu'ça n'paroisse pas, / Je suis un Gaillard / Comme etoit mon grand Oncle. / Je suis un peu lourd; / Mais quand j'suis en train / J'vais plus long-tems qu'un autre.
Biographical/historical: The character Nicodème and his wife Babichon are listed among the cast of Le bal de Strasbourg, a theatre work described in the 1744 edition of its libretto as a "divertissement allemand, au sujet de la convalescence du Roi, opera comique ballet." Nicodème was played by Mr. [i.e., Monsieur] Dourdais, Babichon by Mlle. Sauvage. According to the libretto, they do not appear until Scene VI, and the verses on the print do not appear in the libretto. Le bal de Strasbourg is attributed to the librettist Charles-Simon Favart, with music by Philippe Brigard de la Garde and J.L. Lesueur. It was first performed at the Théâtre Italien, Paris, in 1744.
Biographical/historical: The British Museum, which holds a copy of this print, dates it between 1750-1754. Louis Vigée, a French draughtsman and painter, also created an image of Nicodème's wife Babichon. François Basan was a printmaker, publisher, and dealer in Paris.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : etching, engraving, b&w ; 36 x 26 cm., plate mark 34 x 24 cm.
Full-length figure of a man in rustic costume, standing in a landscape. At left is a building that may be the farmhouse alluded to in the verse.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825563875
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759950
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ba7109c0-b19d-0133-6d22-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1723: Creator Born
  • 1750: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1797: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nicodeme" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1750 - 1759.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Nicodeme" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 29, 2020.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1750 - 1759). Nicodeme Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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