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Theatre costume - The Rake's Progress
  • The Rake's Progress
    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944
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The Rake's Progress

  • Object:

    Theatre costume

  • Date:


  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (costume designers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Royal Academy of Dance

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume for the Rake in Scene 1




Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (costume designers)


Length: 93 cm Jacket; collar to hem, Width: 42 cm Jacket; across shoulders, Length: 75 cm Breeches; waist to hem, Width: 28 cm Breeches; waist, Length: 75 cm Shirt; collar to hem, Width: 42 cm Shirt; across shoulders, Weight: 3.0 kg Total weight of costume

Object history note

Costume for the Rake in Scene 1 of Ninette de Valois' ballet 'The Rake's Progress', first performed by the Vic-Wells (now Royal) Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, May 20th 1935. The music for the ballet was composed by Gavin Gordon, the scenario was based by the composer on the paintings of William Hogarth, and the sets & costumes were designed by Rex Whistler.

Descriptive line

Costume for the Rake in Nanette de Valois' The Rake's Progress, 1942

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Strong, Roy, Ivor Guest, Richard Buckle, Sarah C. Woodcock and Philip Dyer, Spotlight: four centuries of ballet costume, a tribute to the Royal Ballet, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1981.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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