Fairfield, Victoria, Australia 1920 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1999
- Movements: UK, Europe 1950-c.1982 with frequent visits to Australia
- Australia from c.1982
Costume designs for the Three Ivans from Sleeping Beauty
[Three Ivans (costume design - Sleeping Beauty - Act III)] 1973
Decorative Arts and Design, Drawing, Technique: watercolour, gouache and pencil
Primary Insc: Signed lower left below image in pencil, 'Rowell>>'.
Titled lower right below image in pencil, 'The Sleeping Beauty - / Three Ivans-Act III'.
image 45.6 h x 55.9 w cm
sheet 52.0 h x 63.4 w cm
Accession No: NGA 74.202
Subject: Theatre arts, Australia
The sleeping beauty
Once upon a time a grand party was held by a king to celebrate the birth
of his baby daughter. All the fairies of the kingdom were invited to bless
his daughter Aurora. The fairies presented their gifts of beauty, grace,
generosity, song, and temperament. But one fairy, Carabosse, interrupted
the party. She was angry and insulted because the king had forgotten to invite
Carabosse announced a curse on Aurora: that one day she will prick her
finger and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy had not yet given her present to
the baby girl. She declared that although Aurora would one day prick her
finger, she would not die. Instead she would fall into a deep sleep from
which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.
The image of the three Ivans and film footage is taken from Peggy van Praagh’s
1974 production of The sleeping beauty, directed by Sir Robert Helpmann
and designed by Kenneth Rowell. In the premiere performance Lucette Aldous
performed the role of Princess Aurora with Garth Welch as her Prince. During
the season both Maina Gielgud and Marilyn Jones danced as Princess Aurora.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010