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Edward Burra (1905-1976)
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Edward Burra (1905-1976)

Costume Design for Moyra Fraser in Miracle in the Gorbals

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Edward Burra (1905-1976)
Costume Design for Moyra Fraser in Miracle in the Gorbals
with inscription and numbered 'Fraser/15' (lower right)
pencil and watercolour
20¾ x 6¾ in. (52.8 x 17 cm.)
Provenance
with Hamet Gallery, London.
with Redfern Gallery, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, 14 March 1979, lot 142, where purchased by the present owner.
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Sale Room Notice
This work depicts the comedy actress Moyra Fraser, and not the late ballerina, Moira Shearer.

Lot Essay

Arthur Bliss's Miracle in the Gorbals was first produced by the Sadler's Wells Ballet at the Prince's Theatre, London on 26 October 1944. It was conducted by Constant Lambert, and designed by Edward Burra. Robert Helpmann was the choreographer and took the leading role of the stranger, with Moyra Fraser (later well-known as Moira Shearer) as the woman.
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