The Cotillion Dance
Original Author: James Caldwell, engraver; after painting by John Collet
Created: March 10, 1771
Medium: Black and white line engraving
Publisher: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

The Cotillion Dance

Elite members of society perform the cotillion to pipe and fiddle music in this eighteenth-century English engraving. The cotillion, an elaborate group performance that involved a series of circles and turns, was a form of dance first developed at the French court.