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Print
ca. 1902 (drawn)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Nicolai Legat (1869-1937) and his brother Sergei (1875-1905) were dancers, choreographers, teachers of ballet and caricaturists. Both worked for the Russian Imperial Ballet. Nicolai became an important teacher and after leaving the Imperial Ballet in 1914 went on to teach dance in Russia, Paris and London, where he eventually settled. Sergei, regarded as the greater choreographer and perceived as the natural successor to Pavel Gerdt as the Imperial Ballet's Premier danseur noble, committed suicide, aged 30.

The brothers worked together to produce caricatures of fellow dancers, choreographers and musicians at Russian Imperial Ballet.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Chromolithograph
Brief Description
Caricature by Nicolai and Sergei Legat of M.Tcheketti, ca.1902.
Physical Description
Caricature of M. Tcheketti by Nicolai and Sergei Legat. She is shown from the back with her face turned in profile, facing right. She wears a floor length pale blue dress with a red zigzag pattern at the hips and a brown fur drape hanging down her back, and a headdress of curving horns with a similar fur drape from the back. In her left hand is a goblet.
Dimensions
  • Height: 31.5cm
  • Width: 23.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'M. TCHEKETTI.' (Printed, lower right hand corner. The name also appears in Russian, lower left hand corner, and the artists' names are printed to the right of the figure.)
  • '15.' (Number in pencil in upper right hand corner)
Credit line
Cyril W Beaumont Bequest
Object history
The image is taken from The Russian Ballet in Caricatures, St Petersburg, 1902-1905, a portfolio of 95 prints.
Subject depicted
Summary
Nicolai Legat (1869-1937) and his brother Sergei (1875-1905) were dancers, choreographers, teachers of ballet and caricaturists. Both worked for the Russian Imperial Ballet. Nicolai became an important teacher and after leaving the Imperial Ballet in 1914 went on to teach dance in Russia, Paris and London, where he eventually settled. Sergei, regarded as the greater choreographer and perceived as the natural successor to Pavel Gerdt as the Imperial Ballet's Premier danseur noble, committed suicide, aged 30.



The brothers worked together to produce caricatures of fellow dancers, choreographers and musicians at Russian Imperial Ballet.
Bibliographic Reference
Gregory, John. The Legat Saga - Golden Years of the Russian Ballet: the life and times of Nicolai Legat ( London: Javog Publishing Associates, 1992).
Collection
Accession Number
S.3074-2010

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record createdNovember 24, 2010
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