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Attributed to Winifred Gill (1891 - 1981)

Gouache, pencil and crayon on laid paper

Height: 26.9 cm; Width: 21.2 cm;

Inscripted & graphite & chalk (red), verso, edges traced, each section numbered with note, The 4th piece should / go of course between / the 3rd + 5th, not / as drawn. / Stand

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Diamand, Pamela; gift; 1958

About this work
This drawing is one the most detailed and carefully considered of all of Gill’s toy designs. The ballerina is set on a stage, perhaps suggesting that it might be used as part of a toy theatre. On the reverse of the sheet every piece is outlined and numbered and an inscription gives instructions on how to assemble these components. Such technical details suggest that it may have been brought to the production stage, although a finished toy of this design has not been traced. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/The Bodleian, Oxford

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