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The Waltz

Watercolour
late 18th century - early 19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Watercolour drawing of a waltzing party, caricaturing the dancers who are all either unusually matched or accident prone, except one young couple in the centre who hang their heads. There are many inscriptions regarding humorous and spurious dance rules. A band are also depicted comically, as are two disapproving women, a praying woman and a man with an ear-trumpet who look on from the opposite balcony. The scene is chaotic with several people having fallen over and glasses smashed on the floor. Some of the dancers are in a rage and others are evidently miserable. In the middle of the floor, a kitten dances with a puppy. Signed by the artist.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour
Brief Description
Watercolour drawing by Edward Francis Burney entitled 'The Waltz'. Great Britain, ca. late 18th, early 19th century.
Physical Description
Watercolour drawing of a waltzing party, caricaturing the dancers who are all either unusually matched or accident prone, except one young couple in the centre who hang their heads. There are many inscriptions regarding humorous and spurious dance rules. A band are also depicted comically, as are two disapproving women, a praying woman and a man with an ear-trumpet who look on from the opposite balcony. The scene is chaotic with several people having fallen over and glasses smashed on the floor. Some of the dancers are in a rage and others are evidently miserable. In the middle of the floor, a kitten dances with a puppy. Signed by the artist.
Dimensions
  • Height: 18.8125in
  • Width: 27in
Marks and Inscriptions
Ed Burney Fecit / London (Signed lower left)
Subjects depicted
Collection
Accession Number
P.129-1931

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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