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Title
Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque
Names
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 (Engraver)
Humphrey, Hannah, fl. 1774-1817 (Publisher)
Collection

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1796-03-14
Place: London
Publisher: pub'd by H. Humphrey, St. James's Street
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFC Gil J Ope 1
Topics
Parisot, Mlle, active 1795-1806
Didelot, Marie Rose Paul, d. 1803
Dance -- England -- 18th century
Genres
Prints
Notes
A satirical print prompted by a speech made on March 2, 1796, in the House of Lords, by the Bishop of Durham, in which he condemned the costumes worn by the female ballet dancers and "allurements of the most indecent attitudes."
Inscription below: "'Tis hard for such new fangled orthodox rules, That our opera-troop, should be blam'd, Since like our first parents, they only, poor fools, Danc'd naked, & were not asham'd!"
Reproduction: Reproduced in Mary Grace Swift, A Loftier Flight, Wesleyan University Press, 1974, p. 74..
Physical Description
Etchings
Extent: Etching, colored, line border: 24 x 35 cm.
Description
A theatrical performance; three dancers holding a garland of roses. They are dressed alike with short tranparent petticoats partly covered by apron-length ecclesiastical cassocks. They are wearing white stockings (which were substituted during that controversial period for the flesh-colored hose generally worn).Rose Didelot is viewed from the back, her sharp features in profile. The contours of her body are revealed beneath her sheer costume. One of the other women is presumably Mlle Parisot.On each side of the stage is a column on the plinth of which stands (1.) a jeering satyr and (r.) a woman in the general attitude of the Venus dei Medici. Various instruments in the pit.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY847031363-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160315
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 46a4a700-f02f-0132-5a32-58d385a7b928
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

  • 1756: Creator Born
  • 1796: Issued
  • 1815: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1796-03-14. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7f72d390-f032-0132-ed73-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 15, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7f72d390-f032-0132-ed73-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1796-03-14). Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/7f72d390-f032-0132-ed73-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque