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Toy design (Dancing Master)
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Toy design (Dancing Master)


Attributed to Winifred Gill (1891 - 1981)

Gouache, watercolour and pencil on paper

Height: 32 cm; Width: 19.8 cm;

Inscripted & watercolour, lower right corner & recto, The dancing master

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

About this work
This design combines the themes of dance and music. The colourful figure stands on tiptoe and holds an elegant dancing posture whilst poised to play his violin. Two little holes on his shoulders anticipate the design’s realisation in wood and indicate the position where pins or rivets were intended to articulate the arms. The posture and detail of the figure might have been difficult to translate into a standing wooden toy. It is possibly one of Gill’s first attempts to study the composition of such toys. (Permanent collection label)

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

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