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Her First Dance

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  • Title (object)

    • Her First Dance
  • Description

    A young man at left begins to dance with a confident flourish while his partner at right holds her skirt and looks down nervously; the audience sit and stand around the edges of the vast ballroom, with musicians behind in the centre; after Sir William Quiller Orchardson; signed reproduction. 1886
    Photogravure on chine collé


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1886
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 648 millimetres
    • Width: 800 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered above image at right with publication line: "London Published on May 1st 1886 by Dowdeswell & Dowdeswells, 133 New Bond Street. Copyright Registered"; signed by the artist in pencil lower right corner.
  • Curator's comments

    The painting is in the Tate collection (Inv. No. N01519).

  • Location

    British Masters Plan Press

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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