Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Theatre costume
  • Theatre costume
    Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978
  • Enlarge image

Theatre costume

  • Date:

    1932

  • Artist/Maker:

    Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978 (costume designers)

  • Museum number:

    S.74-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume for a Gentleman in the Coronation scene. Waist length doublet with pointed front, long full sleeves and round neck fastening at the back, of scarlet 'slashed' felt with off white 'undershirt'. The doublet is bound at the neck, waist and hem with off white felt. At the front, the scarlet felt is divided by narrow off white felt bands into six horizontal sections. Around the neck, the scarlet felt is overlaid with small vertical off white ellipses. Beneath the curved band extends from shoulder to shoulder and beneath the bold cut-away ovals, is a ruched band of off white felt. Across the doublet front are three similar bands. The lowest band is undecorated. The full sleeves are of scarlet felt cut and lined as the front of the doublet, the bands of cut-out ovals divided by narrow bands of off white felt. The sleeves are graduated to a fitted wrist. The back of the doublet is undecorated except for the off white bands around the neck, waist and lower edge. The doublet fastens down the back with hooks and eyes. The doublet is lined to waist in off white cotton and below in off white felt. The interlining is of hessian.

Date

1932

Artist/maker

Messel, Oliver Hilary Sambourne, born 1904 - died 1978 (costume designers)

Marks and inscriptions

' A35 '
Tape label at front neck

Dimensions

Length: 56 cm Collar to hem, Width: 79 cm Widest point, Weight: 1.6 kg

Object history note

This costume was worn in a production of the wordless mystery spectacle 'The Miracle' by Karl Volmoller at the Lyceum Theatre, London, 1932. The music for the production was composed by Engelbert Humperdinck, and the scenery and costumes were designed by Oliver Messel.

Descriptive line

Waist length doublet with pointed front, long full sleeves and round neck for a Gentleman in the spectacle 'The Miracle', Lyceum Theatre, London, 1932.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Felt; Cotton (textile); Burlap

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.