Dances of French Polynesia in printsAdditional title: Habit of a young woman of Otaheite dancingAdditional title: Dance in Otaheite
NamesSherwin, J. K. (John Keyse), 1751-1790 (Associated name)Webber, John, 1751-1793 (Artist)Cook, James, 1728-1779 (Associated name)Lafond de Lurcy, Gabriel, 1802-1876 (Associated name)Hogg, Alexander, fl. 1778-1819 (Publisher)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1790 - 1849 (Approximate)
Table of ContentsHabit of a young woman of Otaheite dancing / Noble sculp. -- A dance in Otaheite / Webber del. ; Heath sculp. -- An exact representation of a dance in Otaheite; London, Alex[ande]r Hogg / Webber delin. ; Lodge sculp. -- Representation of a dance, in the island of Ulietea -- Les Marquises, Danse caracteristique; Paris, Drouart; [captioned at lower right] Voyage auteur du monde et naufrages célèbres / de Villiers sculp. -- Nouka-Hiva, Mascarades des naturels; Paris, Drouart / Villiers sculp.
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Fre 1-6
TopicsDance -- French Polynesia -- Tahiti (Island)Dance -- French Polynesia -- RaiateaDance -- French Polynesia -- Marquesas IslandsDance -- French Polynesia -- Nuka Hiva
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.Stamped on the verso of the print captioned Habit of a young woman of Otaheite dancing: Stead Coll.Acquisition: A dance in Otaheite Gift; Lillian Moore.Acquisition: Les Marquises, Nouka-Hiva Gift; Lincoln Kirstein.Biographical/historical: The three prints depicting dances of Otaheite are copies of engravings by J.K. Sherwin after John Webber, the official artist on Captain James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific Ocean. Sherwin's engravings were published in 1784 in Voyage to the Pacific Ocean ... 1776-1780. Noble's engraving of "Habit of a young woman of Otaheite dancing" and Heath's engraving of "A dance in Otaheite" reverse the images seen in Sherwin's prints. "An exact representation of a dance in Otaheite," engraved by Lodge after Webber, copies Sherwin's print with differences in drawing.Biographical/historical: The prints labeled Les Marquises and Nouka-Hiva are apparently illustrations to Gabriel Lafond de Lurcy's Voyages autour du monde et naufrages célèbres, first published in Paris in 1843-1844.
Physical DescriptionEngravingsEtchingsExtent: 4 prints : engraving, etching, b&w ; 23 x 35 cm. or smaller.Extent: 2 prints : etching, hand-colored ; 16 x 25 cm.
DescriptionRepresentations of dances from the islands of French Polynesia, including Otaheite (Tahiti), Ulietea (Raiatea, in the Society Islands), Les Marquises (the Marquesas Islands), and Nouka-Hiva (Nuka Hiva, the largest of the Marquesas). The depictions of Otaheite include a single figure of a female dancer, and two versions of a dance by a pair of standing female dancers, each with a male dancer squatting beside her. The dance scene from Ulietea centers on two female dancers in elaborate costumes, accompanied by male musicians playing the nose-flute and drums. The shadowy figure at far left may be playing a gourd instrument, or perhaps offering liquid refreshment. The print captioned "Danse caracterisque" from the Marquesas depicts a tattooed couple dancing together. "Nouka-Hiva, Mascarades des naturels" portrays a procession of figures in fanciful masks and costumes, watched by two women.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825551228NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19759755Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b9b80e00-ed3c-0133-8a30-00505686a51c
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