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Paris exposition
Mesplès, Paul Eugène, b. 1849 (Artist)
Blondeau, H. (Henri), 1841-1926 (Associated name)
Monréal, H. (Hector), 1840-1910 (Associated name)

Prints depicting dance

Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1889
Place: London
Publisher: J.C. Nimmo
Table of Contents
Le ballon captif, Gilberte -- La Macarona, Jeanne Granier -- La commère, [Marcelle] Lender.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFX Mes P Par 1-3
Granier, Jeanne, 1852-1939
Lender, Marcelle, 1862-1926
Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France)
Entertainers -- France -- 19th century
Statement of responsibility: E. Mesplès.
Series caption title: Costumes of the modern stage.
Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.
Acquisition: Purchase; Dramatis Personae, Sheffield, Mass., 2011.
Biographical/historical: Paris exposition, a revue in three acts by Henri Blondeau and Hector Monréal, was first presented at the Théâtre des Variétés, Paris, on Nov. 20, 1889. It presented a sometimes satirical look at the attractions offered by the actual Paris Exposition of 1889; for instance, Mlle. Gilberte, playing the role of a captive balloon, recited a verse that mentions the Eiffel Tower, constructed especially for the Exposition. The popular singer and actress Jeanne Granier won special praise for her portrayal of La Macarona, a Spanish dancer who performed in the cabarets of Montmartre. Marcelle Lender, who appeared as the commère or female equivalent of the compère or master of ceremonies, came from the same world as the real La Macarona, and like her was depicted in performance in paintings by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Biographical/historical: Costumes of the modern stage was a bi-monthly publication that included hand-colored illustrations by various French artists. According to a review in the Athenaeum of Feb. 22, 1890, the plays it covered were represented by four or five illustrations apiece, principally of the female characters.
Biographical/historical: Paul Eugène Mesplès, whose name is sometimes given as Eugène Paul Mesplès, was a French painter, printmaker, and illustrator whose works include representations of ballet dancers.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 prints : lithograph, hand-colored ; 31 x 22 cm.
Portrayals of female characters from the revue Paris exposition. Each is depicted as a full-length figure in costume; Jeanne Granier is represented in a dancelike pose.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: 825066766
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758162
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 791931d0-88fa-0134-52bb-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1889: Issued
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Paris exposition" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1889.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Paris exposition" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 19, 2019.

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1889). Paris exposition Retrieved from

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Paris exposition