Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female dancers
Cartes-de-visite photographs depicting about 300 female dancers in ballet, opera, and musical comedy from the United States, England, France, Germany, and Italy.
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Extent3.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Cartes-de-visite photographs, depicting about 300 female dancers in ballet, opera, and musical comedy from the United States, England, France, Germany,and Italy. Also includes several photo negatives and unmounted photographs. Most of the 1,302 photographs are albumen prints or black and white; some are sepia toned or hand colored. 11 x 7 cm. or smaller. Several of the cards are signed by the dancer, some with personal notes. Some of the photographs portray dancers in roles from various musical comedies, The white fawn, The devil's auction, and Black crook.
Dancers portrayed include: Mlle. Alexandrina, Lily Bennett, Maria Bonfanti, Fanny Cerrito, Isabella Cubas, Ernestine De Faiber, Ermesilda Diani, Fanny Elssler, Eugenie Fiocre, Louise Fiocre, Annetta Galletti, Josephine Invernizzi, Lizzie Kelsey, Anna Kruger, Selma Kruger, Lottie, Fanny Lucelle, Rose Lucelle, Marie Majilton, Giuseppina Morlacchi, Kate Pennoyer, Augusta Rabineau, Betty Rigl, Emily Rigl, Pepita Rovero, Rita Sangalli, Augusta Sohlke, Augustina Taglioni, Marie Taglioni [the younger], Marietta Zanfretta, Alice Zavistowski, Emeline Zavistowski, Marie Zoe, Rosa Zuardi, and Amelie Zucoli.
Photographers include: Disdéri, Ch. Reutlinger, Pierre Petit, T. R. Burnham, Trinquart, Sarony, C. D. Fredericks & Co., Howell, J. Gurney & Son, London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Mora, Pesmé, Rockwood, Warren's, Wood, and E. & H.T. Anthony.
Biographical / Historical
Cartes-de-visite were small-format photographs affixed to card stock begun about 1854. The image was a standard size of 3 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches. They went out of fashion in the 1870s.
Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of image.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No accession number. Received from various sources.
Processed by: Amy Lucker, 1997.
Recataloged from MS Thr 481.
- Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female dancers, circa 1854-1879: Guide.
- Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- Language of description
- Processed and encoded as part of the Dance Heritage Coalition Access to Dance Research Resources Project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- EAD ID
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