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Drawing

Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (hand drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1919 (hand drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    White, Ethelbert, born 1891 - died 1972 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

  • Museum number:

    S.190-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of a series of drawings by Ethelbert White (1891-1972) showing work backstage in a London theatre during a performance. This drawing illustrates a scene immediately before a performance of Le Tricorne (The Three-Cornered Hat), designed by Pablo Picasso and choreographed by Leonide Massine, during a season by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. It shows both performers and stage-hands, including a man operating a free-standing stage light from the wings.

From 1919 to the mid-1920s White was commissioned by the author and publisher, Cyril Beaumont, to design souvenirs and illustrate the publications that he was producing. In 1919 White illustrated Impressions of the Russian Ballet: The Three-Cornered Hat and it is probable that this drawing was made at the same time.

Physical description

Backstage scene showing a view of the set for the ballet Le Tricorne (The Three-Cornered Hat).The drawing shows the upstage bridge, the well and a house with performers, including one dressed as an 'alguazil' (police), and stage hands, one operating a free-standing light.

Place of Origin

London (hand drawn)

Date

ca.1919 (hand drawn)

Artist/maker

White, Ethelbert, born 1891 - died 1972 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 cm image, Width: 18.6 cm image, Height: 11 cm paper, Width: 19.8 cm paper

Object history note

Possibly drawn as an illustration for one of Beaumont's publications. In 1919 White illustrated Impressions of the Russian Ballet The Three-Cornered Hat and it is probably that this drawing was made at the same time.

Descriptive line

Backstage drawing showing the ballet Le Tricorne (The Three-Cornered Hat), probably Ethelbert White, ca.1919

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Backstages

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Drawings

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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