Thursday, July 2, 2009


There's some beautiful images of dancers (and dances) of the eighteenth century. I couldn't possibly remember them all, but here is a selection of some of the famous ballerinas of the age who enchanted audiences with their grace and beauty.

Giovanna Baccelli, 1782 (Gainsborough)

Barbara Campanini, 1745 (Pesne)

Marie Sallé, 1734

Marie Camargo, 1730

Marie-Madeleine Guimard (Schall)

Hester Santlow (Ellys)


Lady Neferankh said...

Oh my goodness, these are all gorgeous :D ! And I'd never seen some of these, especially the last one, which looks almost strikingly modern !

I think the fifth one, IIRC, is part of a series Schall did on ballerinas, some of the others I've seen include:

Ms. Lucy said...

I have such a soft spot for ballerinas (having been one myself for 20 years...back in my glory days)-These are so stunning. Thanks:)

Paris Atelier said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous post!!! I adore it :)

Heather Carroll said...