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  • Drawing
    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970
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  • Place of origin:

    London (hand drawn)

  • Date:

    mid-1920s (hand drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Charcoal and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Friends of the Museum of the Performing Arts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Italian, former virtuoso dancer, Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928), was invited to join Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1910, and, although he was absent touring with Anna Pavlova during the 1913-14 season and did not accompany the Ballets Russes during its second tour of the USA, he was the principal teacher until retiring to Italy in 1924. For dancers at the turn of the century in St Petersburg Cecchetti's classes were inspirational and he was a key figure in the enriching of the dancers' epaulement - the more flowing use of the upper body.

Cecchetti opened a school in London in 1918 where British dancer, Laura Wilson, who danced with the Ballets Russes 1918-19 and 1921, found Cecchetti's classes fast - 'in no part of the class was one allowed to stop after a correction' but 'everything had a precise logic'. His system of teaching was codified by Cyril Beaumont with the assistance of dancers, Stanislas Idzikowsky, Margaret Craske and Derra de Meroda.

Physical description

A man sitting in a wooden chair against a mirror in which his back is reflected. In his right hand he holds a cane and behind is another wooden chair and a window

Place of Origin

London (hand drawn)


mid-1920s (hand drawn)


Knight, Laura Dame, born 1877 - died 1970 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Charcoal and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Laura Knight
Artist's signature


Height: 27.1 cm, Width: 37.7 cm

Object history note

Enrico Cecchetti settled in London to teach

Descriptive line

Charcoal drawing of Enrico Cecchetti teaching a class, by Laura Knight, 1920s.


Charcoal black; Paper; Pencil


Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings; Portraits


Theatre and Performance Collection

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