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A dance in Otaheite

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A dance in Otaheite
Sherwin, J. K. (John Keyse), 1751-1790 (Engraver)
Webber, John, 1751-1793 (Artist)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1784
Place: London
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFH She J Dan 1
Dance -- French Polynesia -- Tahiti
Statement of responsibility: J. Webber del., J. K. Sherwin sc.
Publications: Plate 28 from James Cook: A voyage to the Pacific Ocean. London, 1784, II.
Reproduction: Cf. *MGTI New York Public Library. Dance Collection. Images of the dance, 1965, p 24-25. Reproduction and commentary.
Biographical/historical: An engraving after John Webber's drawing of a dance presented in Captain James Cook's honor, Tahiti, 1777.
Physical Description
Extent: 22.8 x 37.7 cm.
Two women in a dance employing rippling arms and swaying hips, performed on a stage of straw squares. Two men in squatting positions on each side of the women. Men beating drums in background, spectators at sides of stage. Women wearing floor-length dresses, pompons at breasts, pleated fan-shaped panels at back.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY737056463-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12148552
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 65358040-2a5e-0133-541e-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1751: Creator Born
  • 1784: Issued
  • 1790: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "A dance in Otaheite" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1784. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c20efed0-2a62-0133-cf68-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "A dance in Otaheite" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 20, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c20efed0-2a62-0133-cf68-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1784). A dance in Otaheite Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/c20efed0-2a62-0133-cf68-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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A dance in Otaheite