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Audrey Cruddas

Audrey Cruddas (1912-1979) was a British artist and eminent theatre designer. Born in Johannesburg, she moved to England as a child, and later studied at the Royal Academy Schools and at the Byam Shaw School of Art. After serving in the Women's Land Army during the Second World War, Cruddas began to design costumes for the theatre. She often worked with the dancer and choreographer, Sir Robert Helpmann, and on productions for theatres in London and Stratford-on-Avon.  In 1953, she illustrated a Folio Society edition of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. Cruddas moved to the village of Great Bardfield in Essex in the early 1950s, becoming part of the local artistic community, who included the artists Michael Rothenstein and Edward Bawden. Cruddas often exhibited with the Great Bardfield artists, and during the War years she had a solo exhibition at Jack Bilbo's The Modern Art Gallery in London. In 1990, works by Cruddas were included in the England & Co exhibition Jack Bilbo & The Moderns: The Modern Art Gallery 1941-48. Cruddas is represented in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum (Theatre and Performance Collections) and in the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden.

Drawings & works on paper

The Wrestlers - Details

The Wrestlers c 1944

Gouache and mixed media on paper
22 x 22.25 inches


Exhibited: The Modern Art Gallery, London c1944.
Collection: The Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, UK.

Hags of War - Details

Hags of War c 1944

Gouache and mixed media on paper
20 x 15 inches


Exhibited: The Modern Art Gallery, London c1944.
Private Collection