Sainthill, Loudon (-1969)

Also known as
Loudon St Hill (-1969)
Sainthill, Loudon (1918-1969)
Sainthill, Loudon (1919-1969)
Sainthill, Loudon Loudon St Hill (-1969)
St Hill, Loudon (1918-1969)
St Hill, Loudon (-1969)
Field of activity
Artist; Stage Designer; Designer; Theatre / Film Designer; Painter; Costume Designer; Set Designer
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-726080

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Born Hobart. Moved to Melbourne when two years of age. Died in London. Loudon Sainthill is an Australian Costume Designer, Designer, Set Designer, who is mentioned in 31 events in the AusStage database

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Loudon Sainthill (1918-1969), artist and stage designer, was born on 9 January 1918 in Hobart, second of four children of Tasmanian-born parents Willoughby Aveland St Hill, a clerk who became a commission...

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Sainthill was involved in a number of mural projects while in Melbourne. He became a leading mid 20th century painter and theatre designer who lived in Merioola, Sydney, before moving to London.

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Loudon Sainthill was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and spent his early school years in Melbourne. He began taking art classes in the early 1930s and was drawn to the theatre after seeing performances of Colonel de Basil's Russian Ballet later in that decade. Sainthill spent considerable time with the Russian dancers. He sketched them frequently and travelled with them to England in 1939 at the end of the second tour to Australia, that of the Covent Garden Russian Ballet. He returned to Australia later in 1939 and was approached by Colonel de Basil to design Serge Lifar's production of Icare for the Original Ballet Russe. The commission eventually went to Sidney Nolan but Sainthill was later asked to work on Nina Verchinina's Etude. Sainthill's designs for Etude never went into production although they were exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne in the British Council exhibition Art for Theatre and Ballet and were publicised by critics in Australia and by Colonel de Basil writing for the Dancing Times in London.

In the early 1940s Sainthill received a series of commissions from Helene Kirsova to create costumes and set designs for the Kirsova Ballet. His work with the Kirsova Ballet included designs for A Dream - and a Fairy Tale, Faust, Les Matelots, and Vieux Paris. Also in the 1940s Sainthill served in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps (RAAMC), began exhibiting at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, and became a member of the artists' colony at Merioola in Sydney where his colleagues included photographer Alec Murray, artists Donald Friend and Justin O'Brien, choreographer Walter Gore and visiting artists from the Ballet Rambert. For the Ballet Rambert's Australian tour Sainthill collaborated on producing printed materials promoting the company. In 1945 he provided a collection of costume designs for an exhibition A History of Costume from 4000 BC to 1945 AD held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which were subsequently purchased by public subscription for the Gallery.

In 1949 Sainthill returned to London and over the next two decades designed sets and costumes for almost fifty productions of opera, ballet, film, revue, pantomime, and musical performances in England and the USA. They included The Tempest in 1951, Robert Helpmann's production of Le Coq d'or in 1954 for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and ?The Sleeping Princess' ballet sequence for Korda Film's production of The Man who Loved Redheads also in 1954.

He died in 1969 in London.

For further online resources relating to Sainthill's printed work for the Ballet Rambert tour see the National Library of Australia's online exhibition Dance people dance, 'Artistic impact (Item 7)'.

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  3. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1961-10-16]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  4. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1961-10-16]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  5. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1955-08-10]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  6. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1955-08-10]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  7. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1961-09-04]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  8. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1961-09-04]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  9. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1970-03-13]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  10. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1961-07-25]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  11. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1961-07-25]
    A performance staged at the Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  12. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1955-05-14]
    A performance staged at the Tivoli Theatre (1932-1969), Sydney, NSW
  13. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1955-05-14]
    A performance staged at the Tivoli Theatre (1932-1969), Sydney, NSW
  14. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1970-07-03]
    A performance staged at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  15. Kirsova Ballet, Red Cross Season
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1941-07-08]
    A performance staged at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
  16. Kirsova Ballet, Les Sylphides and Faust
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1941-11-29]
    A performance staged at the Minerva Theatre, Kings Cross, NSW
  17. Kirsova Ballet, Les Matelots and Faust
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1941-12-06]
    A performance staged at the Minerva Theatre, Kings Cross, NSW
  18. Le Lac des Cygnes / Capriccio / Jeunesse / Vieux Paris
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1943-02-21]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  19. Kirsova Ballet, playground appeal
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1943-12-17]
    A performance staged at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
  20. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1957-04-11]
    A performance staged at the The Old Vic Theatre, London, O/S
  21. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1957-04-11]
    A performance staged at the The Old Vic Theatre, London, O/S
  22. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1969-08-16]
    A performance staged at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  23. Hassan
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1947-08-02]
    A performance staged at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
  24. Hassan
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1948-09-08]
    A performance staged at the Guild Cafe Theatre, St Lucia, QLD
  25. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1955-07-18]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  26. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1955-07-18]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
  27. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1970-04-24]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  28. The Globe Revue
    Sainthill, Loudon (Designer)
    [1952-07-10]
    A performance staged at the Globe Theatre, Soho, Charing Cross, London, O/S
  29. The Life of the Party
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1960-11-22]
    A performance staged at the Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith and Fulham, O/S
  30. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1969-12-31]
    A performance staged at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
  31. Canterbury Tales
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1969-05-17]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  32. Kirsova Ballet, Faust and A Dream And A Fairy Tale
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1941-11-22]
    A performance staged at the Minerva Theatre, Kings Cross, NSW
  33. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1955-10-10]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  34. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1955-10-10]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  35. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1955-10-31]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  36. The Merchant of Venice
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1955-10-31]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  37. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1961-12-11]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  38. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1961-12-11]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide, SA
  39. The Unshaven Cheek
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1963-08-19]
    A performance staged at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, O/S
  40. Kirsova Ballet season
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1943-12-17]
    A performance staged at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, NSW
  41. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1961-11-13]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  42. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1961-11-13]
    A performance staged at the Theatre Royal (1875-1972), Sydney, NSW
  43. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Costume Designer)
    [1962-01-01]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  44. Twelfth Night
    Sainthill, Loudon (Set Designer)
    [1962-01-01]
    A performance staged at the His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA
  45. The Tragedy of King Richard II
    Sainthill, Loudon (Designer)
    [1952-12-24]
    A performance staged at the Lyric Opera House, Hammersmith and Fulham, O/S
  46. Costume design by Loudon Sainthill for Richard II played by Paul Scofield, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London
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