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William Chappell as Elihu in 'Job'
by Gordon Anthony Click on the links below to find out more
bromide print, 1937
15 1/4 in. x 12 in. (386 mm x 305 mm)
- William Chappell (1908-1994), Dancer, designer and director. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Gordon Anthony (1902-1989), Photographer. Artist of 113 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
Chappell is shown here as Elihu in de Valois's ballet Job, which was revived for the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1937. Subtitled 'A Masque for Dancing', the piece was devised by Geoffrey Keynes, with music by Vaughan Williams and designs by Gwendolen Raverat.
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