Lot 193
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Ernest Daryl Lindsay

800 - 1,200 GBP
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  • Ernest Daryl Lindsay
  • Sylphides; and Dancers Backstage
  • the first signed lower right: Daryl Lindsay, 370 and inscribed lower left: Sylphides; the second signed and dated lower left: Daryl Lindsay 1937, and inscribed lower left: Tying the Shoe

  • pen and ink and grey wash, a pair
  • 33 by 43 cm.; 13 by 16 3/4 in. & 34 by 39 cm.; 13 1/2 by 15 1/2 in.


Arthur Tooth and Sons, London

Catalogue Note

The present works, one of which is dated 1937, relate to a series of sketches Lindsay made during the first tour of the Ballet Russes to Australia (1936-1937). After returning home Lindsay spent a period in London, where he had worked as a medical artist for the AIF and studied at the Slade School of Art. Following military service in France during the First World War, Lindsay became fascinated with Colonel Wassily de Basil's revived Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo, sketching them in rehearsals and during performances. He later published a book of his sketches, entitled Back Stage with the Covent Garden Russian Ballet, and illustrated Arnold Haskell's Dancing round the world: memoirs of an attempted escape from ballet.

The late Edward Astley, Lord Hastings became an avid supporter of the ballet, after first seeing the Ballet Russes perform at Covent Garden in the 1930s. He was a governor of the Royal Ballet from 1979 to 1992, and chairman  of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund from 1966 to 1983.