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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 449

Constance Gladys Ripon scrapbooks concerning Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes


Three albums illustrating the early performances of the Ballets Russes company of Serge Diaghilev, compiled by Diaghiliv's early patron, the Marchioness of Ripon.


  • 1909-1914

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


4 linear feet (3 volumes)
Three scrapbook albums illustrating the early performances of Diaghilev's ballet company (1909-1914) with manuscript annotations in the hand of Lady Ripon and Serge Lifar.

The albums, which measure 72.5 cm. by 57.2 cm., contain mounted photogravures, pochoir prints, colored lithographs, printed excerpts, and clippings from Ballets Russes souvenir programs, newspapers, magazines, and the following sources:
  1. Hoppé, E. O. Studies from the Russian Ballet. London, 1913.
  2. Cocteau, J. and A. Alexandre, The Art of Leon Bakst, London, 1913.
  3. Barbier, George, Nijinsky, Paris, 1913.
  4. Barbier, George and Jean-Louis Vaudoyer, Album dedié à Tamar Karsavina, Paris, [1914].
  5. Kainer, Ludwig, Ballet Russe, Leipzig, 1913.
  6. Comoedia Illustré

Biographical / Historical

Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) was a Russian impresario, the founder, producer and artistic director of Ballets Russes. Ballets Russes appeared often in Paris, London and other European cities, and later in America. Lady Ripon was Diaghilev's earliest London patron and was largely responsible for enabling the Russian ballet company to make its London debut as part of the Coronation Gala program at Covent Garden in June 1911.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Album I
  2. Album II
  3. Album III

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-150. Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021; received: 1955.

Purchased at Sotheby Parke Bernet sale, 9 May 1984, lot 94.
Ripon, Constance Gladys, Marchioness of, 1859-1917, compiler. Constance Gladys Ripon scrapbooks concerning Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1914: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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