Operatical reform; or la dance à l'évêque
NamesGillray, James, 1756-1815 (Engraver)Humphrey, Hannah, fl. 1774-1817 (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers in groups or more than two but not in a ballet or theatrical dance scene
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1796-03-14Place: LondonPublisher: pub'd by H. Humphrey, St. James's Street
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFC Gil J Ope 1
TopicsParisot, Mlle, active 1795-1806Didelot, Marie Rose Paul, d. 1803Dance -- England -- 18th century
NotesA 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 DescriptionEtchingsExtent: Etching, colored, line border: 24 x 35 cm.
DescriptionA 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 ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: NYPY847031363-FNYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12160315Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 46a4a700-f02f-0132-5a32-58d385a7b928
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