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Rehearsals at the 'Lido', Paris, 1961

Ronald Searle (1920-2011)


Signed and dated 'Lido Dec 1961'
Inscribed 'Rehearsals at the "Lido"', publication details and dimensions in centimetres, and dated '4 Dec 1961' on reverse of supporting board

Pen ink and watercolour on board

16 ½ x 22 ½ inches

Le Nouveau Candide, Paris, 7 December 1961

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1894-2020', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2020-January 2021, No 142

The Parisian cabaret theatre known as Le Lido opened at 78 Avenue des Champs-Elysées in 1946 (and moved to its current location at No 116 in 1977). Its performances always include the famous Bluebell Girls, who can be seen rehearsing the show, Pour Vous, at the centre of Ronald Searle’s image. Stars who have appeared at Le Lido include Maurice Chevalier, Laurel & Hardy, Noël Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Shirley MacLaine and Elton John.

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