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Toy design (Shawl Dance)
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Toy design (Shawl Dance)


Attributed to Winifred Gill (1891 - 1981)

Ink, pencil and gouache on laid paper

Width: 21.3 cm (sheet); Height: 26.9 cm (sheet);

Inscripted & bodycolour, lower right & recto, Shawl Dance

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Diamand, Pamela; gift; 1958

About this work
Gill’s experiments with dancing toys were an expression of the Omega Workshops’ fascination with themes of dance in its decorative schemes. The shawl dance in this drawing might be related to the performances of Loie Fuller, one of the most admired dancers of the age. Fuller was famed for dancing in large silk shawls which dramatized the movements of her body. The swathes of red material that engulf a similarly red figure are a striking feature of this design. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/The Bodleian, Oxford

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