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Bal de la Bastille

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Bal de la Bastille
Swebach de Fontaine, Jacques François Joseph, 1769-1823 (Artist)
Le Coeur, Louis, fl. 1780-1806 (Engraver)

Prints depicting dance


Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1790
Place: Paris
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZFH Swe J Bal 1
Dance -- France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799
Statement of responsibility: Swebach Desfontaines del. Le Coeur sculp.
Content: Caption: Ce fut précisément sur les ruines de cet affreux monument du despotisme que le Français célébra le premier anniversaire de la liberté. La célérité des préparatifs de cette fête dut étonner sans doute, mais comment exprimer le sentiment qu'on éprouvait en lisant cette inscription: Ici l'on danse.
Physical Description
Extent: 49.5 x 39 cm.
A nighttime scene. In the open air a great crowd is gathered to dance. On the edge of the throng a small group forms in a circle dance. Musicians perform under a red, white and blue awning at left. Masses of candles illuminate the scene and rows of lanterns are strung from arbors above.
Type of Resource
Still image
RLIN/OCLC: NYPY887035092-F
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12166589
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6b936c40-2a5e-0133-65fd-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

  • 1769: Creator Born
  • 1790: Issued
  • 1823: Creator Died
  • 2019: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bal de la Bastille" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1790. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/fe68ec60-2a62-0133-b7ff-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Bal de la Bastille" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 21, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/fe68ec60-2a62-0133-b7ff-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1790). Bal de la Bastille Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/fe68ec60-2a62-0133-b7ff-58d385a7b928

Wikipedia Citation

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Bal de la Bastille