Artwork and artefacts

The RAD has accumulated a large number of pictures and dance-related objets d’art, which are displayed throughout the RAD building.

Lithographs, drawings and prints include images of Romantic ballerinas such as Marie Taglioni, Francesca Auriol and Adeline Plunkett. The celebrated Pas de Quatre (1845) is represented alongside drawings of Ivor Guest and Svetlana Beriosova by Juliet Pannett.

The ‘All Stars Portfolio’ contains a number of autographed drawings and sketches of 1920s performance artists by Howard van Dusen, Charles Buchel and John Hassall. Twelve Portraits by William Nicholson (second series, 1902) include portraits of Sada Yacco and Eleonora Duse.

Original artworks and limited edition prints from artists such as Tom Merrifield and Robert Heindel can be seen in corridors and studios, alongside theatre playbills, programme designs and posters.

A beautiful stained glass window depicting the romantic ballerina Marie Taglioni is displayed in the RAD’s main reception area and sculptures include busts of Dai Ailian, Antoinette Sibley, Adeline Genée, John Field and Edouard Espinosa. The ‘Harlequin’ statue given to the RAD Production Club by Stanislas Idzikowski is displayed alongside Anna Pavlova’s porcelain figurine of herself as ‘The Dragonfly’ and a marble sculpture of The Three Graces.

Idzikowski also gave the RAD a model theatre containing painted wooden cut-out figures of himself in his roles for the Diaghilev ballet. The figures are similar to the limited edition figures commissioned and sold by Cyril Beaumont through his bookshop in Charing Cross Road in the 1920s, some of which can also be found in the RAD’s collections along with some beautiful hand-coloured prints depicting scenes from the Diaghilev ballet repertory.