Paris, Publie par Marchand. [n.d. c.1840.]
Lithograph. 321 x 246mm. 12¾ x 9¾". Staining to the margins.
Fanny Elssler (1810-1884), born Franziska Elssler, was an Austrian ballerina. From her earliest years she was trained for the ballet, and made her appearance at the Kärntnertortheater in Vienna before she was seven. She almost invariably danced with her sister Theresa, who was two years her senior; the sisters studied dancing with Jean-Pierre Aumer and Freiedrich Horschelt beginning when Fanny was nine years old, also traveling to Naples to study with the great Gaetano Gioja. After some years experience together in Vienna, the two went in 1827 to Naples. It was conspicuously in her performance of the Spanish La Cachucha that Elssler outshone all rivals. In 1840 she sailed with her sister for New York, and after two years unmixed success they returned to Europe. While in New York City, Fanny dined with and was escorted by John Van Buren, son of the President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. During the following five years Fanny appeared in Germany, Austria, France, England and Russia. In 1845, she refused to perform along with her rivals Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Lucile Grahn in Jules Perrot's Pas de Quatre in London.
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