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Design for a theatrical drop-curtain - St George and the dragon
  • St George and the dragon
    Polunin, Vladimir Yakovlevich, born 1880 - died 1957
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St George and the dragon

  • Object:

    Design for a theatrical drop-curtain

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    early 1920s (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Polunin, Vladimir Yakovlevich, born 1880 - died 1957 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour, body-colours and gold paint

  • Credit Line:

    Bought from the International Theatre Exhibition Fund.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Toast Rack

Physical description

Design for a drop-curtain sketched in water colour, body-colours and gold paint.

Place of Origin

London (made)


early 1920s (designed)


Polunin, Vladimir Yakovlevich, born 1880 - died 1957 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour, body-colours and gold paint

Marks and inscriptions

W. Polunin


Height: 26 cm, Length: 40 cm

Object history note

This is a sketch for the drop-curtain for the Russian Ballet season at the London Coliseum in 1925. A very close version of the same design was reproduced as the frontispiece to Polunin's The Continental Method of scene Painting (London, 1927), where the work is described: 'In order to separate the performance of the Diaghileff Company from the varied programme of a music-hall, I was commissioned to design a drop-curtain which should at once effect this purpose and be symbolical of the spirit of the Russian ballet...'

Descriptive line

Vladimir Polunin Design for drop-curtain depicting St George and the dragon. Early 1920s.

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

Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, pp. 44-45, cat. 172.
Jane Pritchard, ed. Diaghilev and the golden age of the Ballet Russes, 1909-1929 London: V&A Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 9781851776139.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1926, London: Board of Education, 1927.


Watercolour; Bodycolour; Gold paint


Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted



Designs; Drawings; Paintings; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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