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Drawing 'Lobster and Sea Urchins' by British Painter John Craxton dedicated to Stage and Costume Designer Barry Kay Pencil and Feltpen on Paper ca. 1964

This appendix contains theatre-related works by other artists. Some of them were collected by Barry Kay for either personal or reference purposes, others were acquired by the Barry Kay Archive.

To help support the Archive and our work, all designs displayed on this page, apart from those on loan, are for sale. Please direct inquiries to the Curator.

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Lobster and Sea Urchins




John Craxton (*1922)
British painter

Drawing
pencil and feltpen on paper
20.2 cm x 32.7 cm (foolscap)
initialled: J. C.

Inspired by the menu of "The Hole in the Wall", a famous restaurant in Bath, where once John Craxton and Barry Kay were dining, Craxton created the Lobster right there and then on his personal note paper. He dedicated it thus: «for Barry Kay - J. C.». The drawing dates from the mid 1960s, probably 1964, when Kay designed the ballet Divertimento for the Bath Festival of the Arts.

Collection Barry Kay Archive - GBP750.00

[BKA/Exo.JC/DWG-014]

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[BKA/Exo.CB/DWG-003]

Homme assis

Christian Bérard (1902-1949)
French painter

Brush, ink and gouache
on paper
30.5 x 37.5 cm; 12 x 14.75 ins
1940s, unsigned

Collection Barry Kay Archive
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Christian Bérard drawing 'Homme Assis' brush ink gouache on paper



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[BKA/Exo.DM/OJT-004]

Musical Box depicting well-known couple's obsession with famous dancer theme tune of Swan Lake incognito artist collage and assemblage mounted in a shoe box created 1979


Musical Box

This unique musical box is a scurrilous, ribald depiction of a well-known married couple, connected to the ballet world, and their socially notorious obsessive preoccupation with a famous dancer.

All this to the theme tune of Swan Lake.

Collage and assemblage
mounted in a shoe box
with a miniature brush roll concealed in its base
14 cm (w), 23 cm (h), 12.5 cm (d)

Private collection, on loan

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[BKA/Exo.MC/OJT-005]

Ritual Mask ceremonial Mask
			Africa [mid?] 20th century believed to be from Cameroon or Gabon depicting human
			female with animal attributes Carved out of one piece of light-weight wood,
			natural pigments lime or clay and charcoal


Ceremonial Mask

Possibly an ancestral spirit mask,
as indicated by the white face,
portraying a human female with animal attributes,
probably those of a gorilla

Africa, [mid?] 20th century
believed to be from Cameroon or Gabon

Carved out of one piece of light-weight wood,
natural pigments: lime or clay, charcoal
32 cm (w), 41 cm (h), 18 cm (d)

Collection Barry Kay Archive - GBP290.00

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[BKA/Exo.AC/C-017]

Carmen

Antoni Clavé (1913-2005)
Spanish painter, sculptor,
printmaker, stage and
costume designer

Costume designs for
Carmen: Renée [Zizi] Jeanmaire,
Don Jose: Roland Petit
for Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit, 1949

India ink, pen and brush,
whitened with tempera or gouache - on paper
27 x 29 cm; 10.6 x 11.4 ins
signed: Clavé

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Collection Barry Kay Archive
price on application

Antoni Clave drawing for 'Carmen' (Renée [Zizi] Jeanmaire) and Don Jose (Roland Petit) for Les Ballets de Paris 1949, India ink pen brush white tempera, for sale, World Première <I>Les Ballet de Paris de Roland Petit</I> at the Prince's Theatre London 21st February 1949

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[BKA/Exo.IS/DWG-028]

Makeup and hairdress design by Ian Spurling, Australian designer, for 'The Seven Deadly Sins', ballet by George Balanchine, Western Theatre Ballet, 1961, Character 'Vanity' depicting 'Anna 1' and 'Anna 2', tempera and gouache on paper


The Seven Deadly Sins

Ballet by Kenneth MacMillan
based on the Brecht-Weill co-production
Production Western Theatre Ballet
Edinburgh International Festival 1961

Design by Ian Spurling (1936-1996)
Makeup and hairdress for Vanity,
depicting Anna 1 and Anna 2

Tempera and gouache on paper
27 x 38.5 cm; 10.6 x 15.15 ins
unsigned   Design © Ian Spurling Estate 1996

Collection Barry Kay Archive - GBP750.00

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[BKA/Exo.IS/DWG-029]

Costume design for 'Baron Toozenbach' by Ian Spurling, Australian designer, for Anton Chechov's play 'The Three Sisters' Act III Tempera and pencil on cardboard, varnished, cut-out and mounted on carton


The Three Sisters, Act III

Play by Anton Čechov
Production and date unknown,
presumably 1961

Design by Ian Spurling (1936-1996)
Costume for Baron Toozenbach

Tempera and pencil on cardboard, varnished,
cut-out and mounted on carton,
26.4 x 39 cm; 10.25 x 15.35 ins,
unsigned, inscribed by Ian Spurling:
Act 3, Baron Toozenbach in a civilian suit
design © Ian Spurling Estate 1996
Collection Barry Kay Archive - GBP750.00

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[BKA/Exo.DWL/DWG-004]

Marcus Michael Douglas Behmer, portrait 1947, drawing by Dorothea Werner, née Leiding, pencil and chalk on moderate, post-war quality cardboard, private collection, on loan, protected by Copyright


Portrait of Marcus Behmer (1879-1958)

Drawing by Dorothea Werner, née Leiding (1910-1985)

Pencil and chalk
on moderate, post-war quality cardboard
34.5 x 42 cm; 13.6 x 16.5 ins
signed: D. Werner-Leiding; dated: 27. VI. 1947

Private collection, on loan

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[BKA/Exo.AB/PTG-022]

Tile Design

Arthur Boyd (1920-1999)
Australian painter

Tempera or acryl [?]
on enamelled cardboard
backed by plywood
15 x 15 cm; 6 x 6 ins
unsigned

Collection Barry Kay Archive
price on application

Tile painting by Arthur Boyd Australia mid 1960s tempera on enamel carton for sale



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