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TCS 24

Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female dancers, circa 1854-1879: Guide.

Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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Last update on 2014 April 28.

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: TCS 24
Title: Cartes-de-visite portrait photographs of female dancers,
Date(s): circa 1854-1879.
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (3 1/2 boxes)
Abstract: Cartes-de-visite photographs depicting about 300 female dancers in ballet, opera, and musical comedy from the United States, England, France, Germany, and Italy.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Amy Lucker, 1997.
Recataloged from bMS Thr 481.

Acquisition Information:

No accession number. Received from various sources.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Use Restrictions:

Images linked to the finding aid describing this collection are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned and/or held by the Houghton Library, and is provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires the permission of the curator.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Cartes-de-visite Portrait Photographs of Female Dancers, circa 1854-1879 (TCS 24). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of image.

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content

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.

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