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La polka: P.2543-1991

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Current Location: In storage


La polka
Voyage en Chine


Printmaker: Daumier, Honoré Victorin
Printer: Aubert et Cie
Publisher: Aubert et Cie



Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950, transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


19th Century
1844 -


No.14 from the series. Published in Le Charivari 27 October 1844. Text verso

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  • Text: LA POLKA. / Le peuple Chinois, peuple éminemment observateur et judicieux, ayant remarqué que le dindon, animal d'un tempérament / très flegmatique, semblait pourtant prendre le plus grand plaisir a lever alternativement chaque patte avec un petit mouvement saccadé, se mit / un jour en tête d'imiter cette volaille dans ce genre de divertissement .. De là l'origine d'une danse qui fit immédiatement les délices de la / meilleur société de Pékin et de la banlieue; mais par suite d'un caprice également Chinois cette danse fut nommée Polka tandis que le bon sens, / la grammaire, et les dindons exigeaient qu'elle fût baptisée du nom de Dindonka.
  • Location: Image lower centre
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

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Accession number: P.2543-1991
Primary reference Number: 202568
Delteil: 1202 II/II
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Created: Friday 3 July 2015 Updated: Thursday 2 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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