( BORN - 1932 )


Tom Merrifield was born in Sydney, Australia. He trained as a classical dancer and became a soloist with the Borovansky Ballet at the age of sixteen; later he went on to dance in musicals. In 1956 he moved to Britain where his first engagement, as a principal dancer in Cinderella at the London Coliseum, marked the beginning of a very distinguished career as a show dancer. Amongst the many stage musicals in which he subsequently appeared were: On the Town, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha as well as in numerous television productions.

It was during his film engagements - which included Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Half a Sixpence, Young Ladies of Rochfort - that he started to draw his fellow dancers during the long periods of waiting on the set. The development of this new found "pastime" led to an invitation to exhibit his drawings at a West End gallery.

Shortly before the opening of this exhibition, the theme of which was Dance, Tom saw some sculptures that were intended to be exhibited in conjunction with his drawings. He instantly set to work, in his dressing room at the Adelphi Theatre where he was then principal dancer in Showboat , and produced the model for his first figure in bronze. His first sculptures were then substituted for those
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