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    Shepperson, Claude Allin ARA, ARWS, ARE, born 1867 - died 1921
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Costume Design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1920 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shepperson, Claude Allin ARA, ARWS, ARE, born 1867 - died 1921 (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and watercolour and pencil on paper pasted on card in card mount

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr L.E. Berman

  • Museum number:

    S.5430-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

In his popular play, The Admirable Crichton (1902), J.M. Barrie looked at the British class system through the medium of comic fantasy. An Earl, his family, friends and servants are shipwrecked on a desert island. The Earl is a man of liberal social views; his butler, Crichton, a firm believer in the status quo. But as the most practical of the castaways Crichton finds himself in charge and by Act III, set two years after the shipwreck, he has assumed authority.

When the play was revived at the Royalty Theatre in 1920 the women's Act III costumes were designed by Claude Shepperson (1867-1921), an artist and book illustrator who was better known for his black and white line drawings than as a costume designer. Shepperson created some amusing outfits, which showed the Earl's daughters acclimatised to their surroundings and transformed into Amazonian hunters, but ones with smart 1920s hairstyles. The card, on which this design is mounted, is heavily annotated with notes about the costume and explains that Lady Mary is wearing a 'three quarter loose tunic of golden yellow soft antelope or doe skin with no ornament save a border of jade green & sapphire feathers' and 'short antelope breeches'.

Physical description

Costume design by Claude Shepperson for Lady Mary Lasenby in The Admirable Crichton, Royalty Theatre, 1920. Young woman with short red hair facing left, carrying a dead dear on her shoulders and a long bow in her right hand. She wears a yellow tunic and shorts, the neck of the tunic decorated with blue and green leaf shapes, and has a pouch, water bottle and quiver of arrows on straps round her shoulders. The design has been pasted on card and firmly attached to a card mount. Written on the card below the design are pencil annotations which give details of the costume.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1920 (designed)

Artist/maker

Shepperson, Claude Allin ARA, ARWS, ARE, born 1867 - died 1921 (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and watercolour and pencil on paper pasted on card in card mount

Marks and inscriptions

'Shepperson'
Artist's signature in pencil lower left hand corner of design

'Miss Julia James's dress - as Lady Mary carrying a fat buck over her shoulders'
Annotations in pencil on card below design. There are further pencil annotations giving details of the costume.

Dimensions

Height: 27.8 cm design, Width: 19.7 cm design, Height: 34.1 cm card, Width: 24.9 cm card, Height: 39 cm mount, Width: 28 cm mount

Object history note

J.M. Barrie's play The Admirable Crichton (first staged in 1902) was presented at the Royalty Theatre in 1920 with a revised ending. The cast included Dennis Eadie as the butler Crichton, Alfred Bishop as the Earl of Loan, Julia James as Lady Mary Lasenby, Ann Desmond as Lady Catherine Lasenby, Cicely Chance as Lady Agatha Lasenby and Sylvia Oakley as Tweeny. The play was directed by Gerald du Maurier. Claude Shepperson designed the women's Act III costumes, which were made by the theatrical costumiers, B.J. Simmons & Co.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Claude Shepperson for Lady Mary Lasenby in J.M. Barrie's play The Admirable Crichton, Royalty Theatre, 1920

Materials

Ink; Watercolour; Paper; Card

Techniques

Drawing (metal-working); Painting (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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