Barry Kay, internationally acclaimed stage and costume designer, photographer, born 1932 Melbourne Australia, died 1985 London England
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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

John Craxton (1922-2009)
English painter

Drawing; pencil and
feltpen on paper
20.2 cm x 32.7 cm
initialled: J. C.

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Barry Kay collected the works shown here for either personal or reference purposes. Some of them are offered for sale to financially help support our work at the Archive. Please direct inquiries to the Curator.

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Lobster and Sea Urchins

John Craxton drew the impromptu sketch on his personal note paper. It was inspired by the menu of "The Hole in the Wall", a famous restaurant in Bath, where he and Barry Kay were once dining together. Craxton's initialled dedication reads: «for Barry Kay - J. C.». The drawing dates from 1964, when the two of them befriended each other during Kay's assignment of designing the ballet Divertimento at the Bath Festival of the Arts.

Not for sale



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Photograph, gelatin silver print, of Anna Pavlova in Les Sylphides, taken in 1909 at Atelier Ernst Schneider, Berlin, Unter den Linden; dedicated, signed and dated by Pavlova in Leeds, 1912

Ernst Schneider
German photographer
(active 1903-1935)

Gelatin silver baryta print
22.4 x 28.9 cm; 8.8 x 11.4 in
mounted on cardboard
imprinted verso with
author's name & address

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Anna Pavlova

A photograph of Anna Pavlova showing her as the leading sylph in Les Sylphides, taken in 1909 at Atelier Ernst Schneider, Unter den Linden in Berlin. Palova dedicated, autographed and dated the print on 9 March 1912 while on a performance tour in Leeds, England. The dedicatee is a certain Alfredo, whose family name is unfortunately indecipherable, as is a short line of accompanying text.

GBP 500



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Christian Bérard drawing 'Homme Assis' brush ink gouache on paper

Homme assis

Christian Bérard (1902-1949)
French painter

Drawing; brush, ink and
gouache on paper
30.5 x 37.5 cm; 12 x 14.75 in
1940s, unsigned

Price on application



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Musical Box depicting well-known art and ballet critic's obsession with famous dancer Rudolf Nureyev; artist Australian painter Deborah MacMillan; collage and assemblage mounted in a shoe box created 1979; theme tune of Swan Lake


Deborah MacMillan (born 1944)
Australian painter

3-D collage mounted in a shoe box
with a concealed miniature musical device
14 cm (w), 23 cm (h), 12.5 cm (d)



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Music Box

Conceived in 1979, this unique music box is a satiric portrayal of a British art and ballet critic and his wife, a former ballerina, depicting what some thought to be their overzealous and ambiguous interest in Rudolf Nureyev – to the accompaniment of the Swan Lake theme tune.

Not for sale



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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


African carving

light-weight wood, clay or lime
pigments and charcoal
32 cm (w), 41 cm (h), 18 cm (d)



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Ceremonial Mask

Possibly an ancestral spirit mask, as implied by the white face, portraying a human female with animal attributes, probably those of a gorilla; Africa, 2nd half 20th century, believed to be from Cameroon or Gabon.

GBP 280

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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


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

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



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Carmen

Ballet costume designs for Renée (Zizi) Jeanmaire as Carmen and Roland Petit as Don Jose; designed for Les Ballets de Paris de Roland Petit, 1949.

Price on application

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Courtesy of
Ian Spurling Estate

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


Ian Spurling (1936-1996)
Australian stage and costume designer

Tempera and gouache on paper
27 x 38.5 cm; 10.6 x 15.15 in
unsigned



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The Seven Deadly Sins

Coiffure and make-up design for Vanity, depicting the characters Anna 1 and Anna 2, featuring in Kenneth MacMillan's ballet The Seven Deadly Sins, choreographed to the score by Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill; Western Theatre Ballet, Edinburgh International Festival 1961.

GBP 750

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Costume design for 'Baron Tuzenbach', character in Three Sisters Act III, play by Anton  Anton Čechov, believed to have been designed in the mid-1960s by Peter Farmer, English stage and costume designer


Peter Farmer (1941-2017)
English stage and costume designer

Tempera and pencil on cardboard, varnished,
cut-out and mounted on cardboard
26.4 x 39 cm; 10.25 x 15.35 in
unsigned, inscribed



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Baron Tuzenbach

Costume design for Baron Tuzenbach (sometimes spelt Toozenbach, a character in Anton Čechov's play Three Sisters) believed to have been created by Peter Farmer in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

GBP 750

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


Arthur Boyd (1920-1999)
Australian painter and sculptor

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



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Painting for a Ceramic Tile

In 1944, Arthur Boyd, together with John Perceval, set up a pottery workshop in Australia, where he turned to making terracotta sculptures. He first designed ceramic tiles in 1949. The above tile painting presumably dates from his London days when he started work on a new series of ceramic paintings at his studio in Highgate in 1961.

Price on application

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Japanese ink brush drawing on silk of a Bijin-ga; signed by Chōbunsai Eishi (1756–1829); genre ukiyo-e; 18th or 19th century


Japanese ink brush drawing on silk of a Bijin-ga; detail of head; signed by Chōbunsai Eishi (1756–1829); genre ukiyo-e; 18th or 19th century


Signature and seal of Japanese ink brush drawing on silk of a Bijin-ga; signed by Chōbunsai Eishi (1756–1829); genre ukiyo-e; 18th or 19th century



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Portrait of a Bijin-ga





Chōbunsai Eishi (1756–1829)
Japanese painter and printmaker

Ink brush drawing on silk
mounted on paper
20.5 x 38.3 cm, 8 x 15 in
signed and sealed

Price on application


A drawing of a Bijin-ga, a 'beautiful woman portrait' [lit], signed by Chōbunsai Eishi, who was known primarily for his depictions of tall, thin, graceful beauties. Paintings featuring beautiful women fall under the genre of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.

As only the right character of the two contained in the red seal below the signature points to Eishi, the drawing could have been executed by an artist of the Eishi school, or a painter conceived it in the Eishi style. The drawing may originally have been mounted as a scroll painting.

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