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Emily Roy

Emily is a curator at Waddesdon Manor (The National Trust), home of the Rothschild Collection. She is preparing an exhibition for 2017 centred around a group of seven paintings of the ‘Sleeping Princess’ produced by Léon Bakst for James and Dorothy de Rothschild between 1913 and 1922. The exhibition will explore Bakst’s fascination with the Sleeping Beauty tale, within the context of Russian and Western European artistic engagements with fairy-tale themes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

«The Likhachev Foundation arranged an immensely full and rewarding programme for me. In my two weeks in St. Petersburg I had productive meetings with experts on Bakst from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, Museum of St. Petersburg History, and Theatre Museum. I was privileged to be able to access costumes, paintings, drawings, and printed material at the Theatre Museum stores, the Theatre Library, Russian Museum, and Russian National Library. The fellowship allowed me to build contacts with potential lenders to our exhibition, but also helped solidify in my mind the key concepts and themes which I hope the exhibition will successfully show.

 

It was a pleasure to be among such a varied and interesting groups of fellows. I found it fascinating to learn about others’ projects, and to hear how they were progressing over breakfast each day! I am very grateful to the Likhachev Foundation for this wonderful opportunity”.