P07008 [from] RUSSIAN BALLET LITHOGRAPHS circa 1914/1919 [P07008-P07013]
Purchased from the d'Offay-Couper Gallery (Gytha Trust) 1970.
(i) Inscribed ‘D.B.’, b.l. Sheet 8⅜×5¼ (21.5×13.5); image 4 1/18×3⅞ (10.5×10).
Exh: Abstract Art in England 1913–1915, d'Offay-Couper Gallery, November–December 1969 (21, with i, iii and iv repr. in colour).
Lit: William Lipke, David Bomberg, 1967, pp. 114–5, with i, iii and iv repr. pl. II in colour.
Although the date of publication (and doubtless of execution) of these lithographs was 1919, they can be dated also to circa 1914 both on stylistic grounds and on the statement of Bomberg's first wife Alice Mayes in 1965 (quoted in Lipke, op. cit., p. 115 note 37) that, to make the lithographs, ‘David took six of the little drawings he had coloured before he went away to the War’. The earlier dating is supported also by Jacob Mendelson (see below)…