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Accession # SRM1986-23.2

Print

1846


This is a hand-colored print entitled "The Flower Dance" that was published in New York. The print depicts dancing girls wearing beribboned white dresses and holding arches of flowers. The graceful quality of the print is in contrast to the raucous reality of dancing in 19th century Texas. Noah Smithwick, an early settler, recalled: “when young folks danced; they didn’t glide around; they ‘shuffled,’ and ‘double shuffled,’ ‘wired,’ and ‘cut the pigeon’s wing,’ making the splinters fly.” Smithwick’s observation of “making the splinters fly” is likely a reference to the fact that dances were often held on floors covered with sawdust, a practice that continues today in many country western dances and bars.




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