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THEATRES OF LIFE:

THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2008 Over seventy selected drawings from the famous Rothschild collections are being exhibited outside Waddesdon Manor, the great Rothschild house near Aylesbury, for the first time in this exhibition which premiered at the Wallace Collection last year. These rare drawings - mainly collected by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in the nineteenth century – depict a wide range of subjects including everyday and courtly lives, architecture, fashions, battles and religious subjects from eighteenth-century France. The exhibition features work by major French artists including Fragonard, Boucher and the Saint-Aubins, as well as Dutch and British artists such as David Wilkie and Berchem. Wilkie’s drawing of a Pierrot is one of the later pieces in the exhibition but has resonances with Watteau and the eighteenth-century fête galante. Artist and stage designer, Léon Bakst, who painted the amazing Sleeping Beauty panels at Waddesdon, is represented by his costume design for one of the slaves in the Ballet Russe’s 1910 performance of Schéhèrazade, a famous collaboration between Diaghilev, Nijinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov. This exhibition has been organized by Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust house managed by a Rothschild charitable trust under the chairmanship of Lord Rothschild. LECTURES FRIDAY 11 APRIL 6.30 - 7.30PM (FOLLOWED BY PRIVATE VIEW) DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, LECTURE THEATRE ADMISSION FREE An illustrated introduction to Theatres of Life by Juliet Carey, Curator, Waddesdon Manor and author of the exhibition catalogue. Space is limited so please book your place in advance by calling the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 STUDY DAY SATURDAY 31 MAY 9.30AM – 5PM DJANOGLY ART GALLERY, LECTURE THEATRE £25 (£20 CONCESSION) INCLUDES LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS This Study Day offers the opportunity to discover more about the Waddesdon drawings displayed in Theatres of Life and Edmond de Rothschild who was largely responsible for forming the collectio