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St George and the dragon

Design for a Theatrical Drop-Curtain
early 1920s (designed)
Place Of Origin

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

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
watercolour, body-colours and gold paint
Brief Description
Vladimir Polunin Design for drop-curtain depicting St George and the dragon. Early 1920s.
Physical Description
Design for a drop-curtain sketched in water colour, body-colours and gold paint.
  • Height: 26cm
  • Length: 40cm
Production typeUnique
Marks and Inscriptions
W. Polunin (Signed.)
Credit line
Bought from the International Theatre Exhibition Fund.
Object history
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...'
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
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record createdFebruary 24, 2009
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