London: Davis & Orioli. 1920.
A large portfolio of 21 looseleaf drawings of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes by the English painter Laura Knight. Publisher's folio, contents loose (as issued), containing title leaf (signed and limited on verso) and 21 sheets of drawings, including one in color. From an edition of 350 copies, of which this is no. 25, signed below this number by the artist. The drawings primarily depict Tamara Karsavina and Léonide Massine in Massine's "Le Tricorne." From the collection of Lady Colefax, with a gift inscription to the front pastedown, dated 1920 (Christmas). Spine torn and covers very worn and soiled. Contents vary, some sheets with creased corners, 5 leaves toned, 2 water-stained, 4 with remnants of mounting tape to verso. Overall good. 13 x 16.5 inches (33.5 x 41.5 cm).