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    Legat, Nicolai, born 1869 - died 1937
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    St. Petersburg (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca. 1902 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Legat, Nicolai, born 1869 - died 1937 (artist)
    Legat, Sergei, born 1875 - died 1905 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

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  • Gallery location:

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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.

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.

Place of Origin

St. Petersburg (drawn)


ca. 1902 (drawn)


Legat, Nicolai, born 1869 - died 1937 (artist)
Legat, Sergei, born 1875 - died 1905 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

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.

Number in pencil in upper right hand corner


Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 23.6 cm

Object history note

The image is taken from The Russian Ballet in Caricatures, St Petersburg, 1902-1905, a portfolio of 95 prints.

Descriptive line

Caricature by Nicolai and Sergei Legat of M.Tcheketti, ca.1902.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gregory, John. The Legat Saga - Golden Years of the Russian Ballet: the life and times of Nicolai Legat ( London: Javog Publishing Associates, 1992).


Printing ink; Paper




Entertainment & Leisure; Prints


Theatre and Performance Collection

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