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MS Thr 388

International Ballet. International Ballet scenery and costume designs, 1941-1951: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pf
Call No.: MS Thr 388
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: International Ballet.
Title: International Ballet scenery and costume designs,
Date(s): 1941-1951.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (15 drawers)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scenery and costume designs for various productions of International Ballet, founded by Mona Inglesby.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003MT-139. Purchased from Mrs. Mona Derrington, Keston Cottage, 28 Northridge Street, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England; received: 1985 June.
no accession number. Gift of Ms. Mona Inglesby (Mrs. Mona Derrington); received: 1988 September 15.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

International Ballet Scenery and Costume Designs, 1941-1951 (MS Thr 388). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The International Ballet was founded in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1941 by choreographer and dancer Mona Inglesby. The original company consisted of twenty-one dancers with a repertoire of seven ballets and a permanent orchestra of fifteen. One of the aims of International Ballet was to present classical ballets in the manner in which they were originally conceived. The classical ballets were reproduced by Nikolai Sergeev from the choreographic scores brought out of Russia by Sergeev. The company performed primarily in and around London, often taking ballet to towns not visited by other companies. International Ballet was disbanded in 1953 due to financial difficulties.


Arranged alphabetically by title of ballet; photographs are listed at the end of the collection.

Scope and Contents

Scenery and costume designs, primarily in pencil and watercolor, and photographs of productions of the International Ballet. Designers include William Chappell, Hein Heckroth, Prince Aleksander Schervashidze, and Doris Zinkeisen.

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