London. G. A. H. Dean. No date. Ca. 1850.
THREE SHEETS of hand-colored lithographic prints, sheet size 15 x 11 inches, depicting The Polka, the dance craze that descended on London in the late 1840s. Text provides instruction for the progression of the dance, while paired colorful images depict the unfolding dance as interpreted, in one panel, by inept and clumsy partners and by elegant and graceful partners in the panel opposite. In total, six paired illustrations (two per sheet) unfold the progress of the dance. Occasional ight soiling to sheets, one tiny abraded area to lower right of one image, overall good to very good condition. T It is likely that the prints were intended to accompany printed sheet music for the Polka ("See Music" instruction at upper right corner). While no date is provided on the prints, dance historians date the arrival and popularity of the Polka in London to the late 1840s. The images are attractively hand-colored and were published by the well-known firm of G. A. H. Dean of Threadneedle Street, London. The trio of prints comprise a delightful and uncommon grouping, of certain interest to the dance historian. Item #53715