Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Le Filles d'air. Principales danseuses romantiques dans leurs roles célèbres

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (lithographer)
    Bouvier, Jules, born 1800 - died 1867 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-coloured lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case DT, shelf 52, box A

Physical description

Print depicting Fanny Elssler in La Tarentule from a series depicting famous dancers in their celebrated roles. There are five sheets in total, each containing six illustrations, which are joined together to form a continuous strip; the sheets are folded into blue paper boards embossed with gold.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca.1840 (made)


Unknown (lithographer)
Bouvier, Jules, born 1800 - died 1867 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-coloured lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in pencil in French on the inside back cover with title and notes


Height: 12.4 cm size of cover, Width: 7.9 cm size of cover, Height: 10.4 cm size of strip, Width: 194.2 cm size of strip

Object history note

Two of the lithographs from which these derive are E.2889 and E.2894-1967. Others are reproduced in The Romantic Ballet in Lithographs of the Time, London, 1938, by C. W. Beaumont and Sacheverell Sitwell.

Descriptive line

Print depicting Fanny Elssler in 'La Tarentule'. From a series (5 sheets) entitled 'Le Filles de l'air', depicting famous dancers in their celebrated roles. Hand-coloured lithograph variant after J. Bouvier, France, ca.1840.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1967 . London: HMSO, 1968.


Lithography; Embossing; Hand-colouring

Subjects depicted

Ballet; Ballet-dancers


Portraits; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.