“The Beach” Watercolour by Loudon Sainthill c1950
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Watercolour c1950 by Loudon Sainthill
Loudon Sainthill was born in Hobart in 1919, dying in London in 1969. He studied at the Melbourne Techincal College and was influenced by the arrival in Melbourne of Colonel De Basil’s Russian Ballet Company. He held his first exhibition at the Australia Hotel, Melbourne and travelled to England as member of the ballet company, and held a successful exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London. His work for the stage in Britain included The Tempest at Stratford-upon-Avon, and by 1954, when he designed ‘Le Coq D’Or’ (Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera) for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, he was established as a major designer for the theatre. He influenced a whole succession of Australian designers and established a tradition of Australia theatre design.
His work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery, Canberra, as well as many State and regional galleries, and the Victoria and Albert Museum London.
Biblio: McCulloch Encylopedia of Australian Art; Bénézit: Dictionary of Painters.