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Costume design - The Clandestine Marriage
  • The Clandestine Marriage
    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990
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The Clandestine Marriage

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990 (theatre designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, ink and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Michael Annals

  • Museum number:

    S.597-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Michael Annals for Bridget Armstrong as Miss Sterling (costume B) in George Colman the elder and David Garrick's play, The Clandestine Marriage, Savoy Theatre, London, 1975.

Michael Annals (1938-1990) trained at Hornsey College of Art and began his career designing sets and costumes for the Old Vic. In 1963 the newly formed National Theatre Company moved into the Old Vic and Annals joined them, having his first major success with his designs for Peter Shaffer's historical epic, The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1964). He went on to have an international career, designing for the theatre and for ballet, opera and film, but is most closely associated with the National Theatre, where he created notable settings for a range of productions, including O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night starring Laurence Olivier, Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page and Shaw's Heartbreak House. Annals frequently worked in the United States and was Associate Professor of Scenic Design at Yale in 1966-1967. In 1984 he gave up the stage and took up photography and illustration.

Physical description

Costume design for Bridget Armstrong as Miss Sterling (costume B) in The Clandestine Marriage. Full length female figure, wearing a fanciful costume consisting of a turquoise bodice decorated with pink ribbons, a white overskirt, turned back at each side and held by pink ribbons to show the turquoise lining, with a pale turquoise underskirt with an all over pattern of pink roses, edged with pink bows and with a deep frill in turquoise at the ankle-length hem. She has a tall pink 'pagoda' hat decorated at apex and edges with turquoise bobbles and white shoes with pink bows. Annotated by the artist with the play title, the producing company, the date, the character's name, the actress's name and costume identification (B), in ink. Mounted.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Annals, Michael, born 1938 - died 1990 (theatre designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, ink and pencil on paper

Dimensions

Height: 39.8 cm design, Height: 53.2 cm mount, Width: 28.7 cm design, Width: 38 cm mount

Descriptive line

Costume design by Michael Annals for Bridget Armstrong as Miss Sterling (costume B) in George Colman the elder and David Garrick's play, The Clandestine Marriage, Savoy Theatre, London, 1975

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

Arnold Wengrow, Observe and show: the theatre art of Michael Annals (London: V&A Publications, 2003)

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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