Friday, June 1, 2018

Ronald Searle: Giselle by Les Ballets St. Trinian's

An original folio manuscript by Ronald Searle containing eight original ink drawings illustrating the ballet Giselle as produced at St. Trinian's, Searle's naughty girls' school, is currently the most expensive Searle item on AbeBooks. Priced at 17,500 GBP, it comes close to $24,000 at today's exchange rate, or about $3,000 per drawing. The seller, Peter Harrington, is to be praised for resisting the temptation to break up the folio.

Ronald Searle
Giselle:  A Romantic Ballet in Two Acts
Presented by Les Ballets St. Trinian's

Ronald Searle
Giselle Portfolio

AbeBooks Listing Retrieved December 11, 2016
The current price in U. S. dollars:

Ronald Searle
Giselle:  A Romantic Ballet in Two Acts
Presented by Les Ballets St. Trinian's
Ronald Searle
Giselle





As noted in the well-researched listing, Searle covered the ballet Giselle at Covent Garden for Punch in 1956:
Ulanova as Giselle
Covent Garden
Ronald Searle
Punch, October 10, 1956, page 446

http://ronaldsearle.blogspot.com/2014/06/punch-theatre-pt2.html


Galina Ulanova as Giselle

Entrance of Giselle
Ulanova-Fadeyechev, Bolshoi 1956
Adolphe Adam


Note:  Attempted Bloggery stands at the ready (in fifth position) to receive scans or photographs of published and unpublished original art by Ronald Searle.

For more information on the creator of St. Trinian's, see Perpetua, the Ronald Searle Tribute blog curated by Matt Jones.


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