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A depiction of the members of the Ballets Russes on stage before curtain-up. In the right foreground a group of men and women stand together: the men in top hats and striped trousers; the women in peasant type costume with full, brightly-coloured skirts and bonnets. Left of the centre some single figures stand limbering up, a man in harlequin tights standing on one leg, a woman in frilly skirts bending over to touch her toes, two women standing talking behind her. There is a group of men in the background on the extreme left. A dark shadow casts a sharp diagonal line across the background wall to the left.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 101.6 x W 132.6 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Alpine Club Gallery, 1922

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : brc : artist's name : Laura Knight


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Manchester Art Gallery

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