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Gown

  • Date:

    1910

  • Artist/Maker:

    Norris, Herbert (costume designer)
    C & W May (Theatrical costumiers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Theatrical Ladies' Guild of Charity

  • Museum number:

    S.451A-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume worn by Amy Brandon-Thomas as Portia in the trial scene in Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, Royal Court Theatre, 1910. Reddish violet brocade gown with stiffened collar lined with reddish violet silk. The angel sleeves are cut in one with the body, with an underarm gusset; the ends of the sleeves are turned back into pleats at the wrist.

Date

1910

Artist/maker

Norris, Herbert (costume designer)
C & W May (Theatrical costumiers)

Marks and inscriptions

' Barnes - Brand '
Label

Dimensions

Length: 172 cm Gown, collar to hem, Width: 47 cm Gown, shoulder width, Weight: 2.3 kg Packed weight of parts: s.451-1979 and A

Object history note

This costume was worn by Amy Brandon-Thomas in a production of William Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice' at the Royal Court, London on 19th February 1910. The music was composed by Ernest Burcalossi, and the scenery was designed by Walter Johnstone and Harry Potts. The costumes were supervised by Herbert Norris and supplied by C & W May.

Descriptive line

Reddish violet brocade gown worn by Amy Brandon-Thomas as Portia in the trial scene in Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, Royal Court Theatre, London, 1910.

Materials

Silk (textile); Brocade

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Theatre costume

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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