BENOIS, ALEXANDRE. 1870-1960.
Autograph Letter Signed, 2 pp, n.p., April 29, 1947, to Cyril Beaumont with an ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR and gouache (25 x 175 mm) depicting a scene in Act II of the Tchaikovsky ballet Swan Lake. Housed in a white cloth box.
A charming letter with an exquisite watercolor by the modern master of set and costume design. Beaumont often wrote on the Ballets Russes and Benois in particular. The artist thanks him for the introduction to the British ballet critic, journalist and editor Peter Williams and mentions a mutual admiration for Tchaikovsky and Delibes. Although not particularly fond of Swan Lake, Benois designed three different productions in 1945, 1949 and 1954.