by Oriel Ross
pen and ink, circa 1928-1931
14 in. x 10 1/8 in. (357 mm x 256 mm) overall
Sitterback to top
- Oriel Ross (1907-1994), Actress and amateur artist. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist or producer of 7 portraits.
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- Oriel Ross (1907-1994), Actress and amateur artist. Artist or producer of 7 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
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In Who's Who in the Theatre, Ross gave her recreation as 'drawing'. Many of her sitters were fellow thespians, friends in the theatre world and artists, and her drawings of them seem to be posed in the Green Room waiting to go on, some with a book in hand, some with a glass. All are done in a spontaneous, nervous line, a line not unlike that of Jean Cocteau.
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- Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 86 Read entry
Multi-talented, Ross trained at the Royal College of Music and made her debut as an actor in 1923 aged sixteen. In 1928 she appeared as Nature in Diaghilev’s Ballet Ode, and then went to New York to work in revue and cabaret on Broadway. As one of Ross’s many methods of self-expression, this drawing seems beautiful, lucid and effortless, the fluid ink-line seamlessly transmitting the languorous essence of the artist. This might also illustrate the meditative space the actor needs in order to concentrate before or after a performance.