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MS Thr 449

Ripon, Constance Gladys, Marchioness of, 1859-1917, compiler. Constance Gladys Ripon scrapbooks concerning Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1914: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 449
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Ripon, Constance Gladys, Marchioness of, 1859-1917, compiler.
Title: Constance Gladys Ripon scrapbooks concerning Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes,
Date(s): 1909-1914.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 volumes (4 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Three albums illustrating the early performances of the Ballets Russes company of Serge Diaghilev, compiled by Diaghiliv's early patron, the Marchioness of Ripon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-150. Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021; received: 1955.
Purchased at Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, 9 May 1984, lot 94.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Constance Gladys Ripon Scrapbooks Concerning Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1914 (MS Thr 449). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian impresario, the founder, producer and artistic director of Ballets Russes. Ballets Russes appeared often in Paris, London and other European cities, and later in America. Lady Ripon was Diaghilev's earliest London patron and was largely responsible for enabling the Russian ballet company to make its London debut as part of the Coronation Gala program at Covent Garden in June 1911.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Three scrapbook albums illustrating the early performances of Diaghilev's ballet company (1909-1914) with manuscript annotations in the hand of Lady Ripon and Serge Lifar.
The albums, which measure 72.5 cm. by 57.2 cm., contain mounted photogravures, pochoir prints, colored lithographs, printed excerpts, and clippings from Ballets Russes souvenir programs, newspapers, magazines, and the following sources:

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