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MS Thr 978

Bakst, Léon, 1866-1924. Léon Bakst theatrical designs and sketches, 1911-1922: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: pfd, ppf
Call No.: MS Thr 978
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bakst, Léon, 1866-1924.
Title: Léon Bakst theatrical designs and sketches,
Date(s): 1911-1922 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (22 drawings and 2 prints in 24 folders (1.5 linear feet.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French and Russian.
Abstract: Costume and set designs for ballet and opera productions, and sketches.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2001-2002.33.12. Purchased from Marina Henderson; received: 2001 July.
2004MT-11. Purchased from Marina Henderson with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest; received; 2004 August 24.
2004MT-90. Purchased from Laurence-Anne Francois with the Howard D. Rothschild Bequest ; received: 2004 December 23.
No accession number. Gift of Fredrick R. Koch ; received: 1985.
No accession number. Gift of Melvin R. Seiden ; received: 2008 July 6.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Irina Klyagin

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Existence and Location of Copies:

Images of artwork from this collection are also available through Harvard University Library's Visual Information System (VIA) catalog as part of the Russian Theatrical Designs at the Harvard Theatre Collection project. Search in VIA under designer's last name.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Léon Bakst Costume and Set Designs, 1911-1922 (MS Thr 978). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Léon Bakst (1866-1924) was a Russian painter and theater designer. He was most famous for his designs for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets russes.


Arranged into two series:

Scope and Contents

Contains one design for Faust by Charles Gounod, three designs for Le Martyre de saint Sébastian by Claude Debussy and Gabriel d'Annunzio, one design for Salomé by Oscar Wilde, and two designs for the ballet Sleeping princess by Bronislava Nijinska after Marius Petipa, and pencil and ink sketches of landscapes, figures and groups.

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