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Costume design
  • Costume design
    Furse, Roger Kemble, born 1903 - died 1972
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Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1948 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Furse, Roger Kemble, born 1903 - died 1972 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.979-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Roger Furse for crowns for Claudius and Gertrude in Laurence Olivier's film of Shakespeare's play Hamlet, 1948.

Roger Furse (1903-1972) was one of the leading British theatre designers of the mid 20th century. He studied at the Slade and in Paris, but abandoned painting for theatre design in the 1930s, becoming well known for his settings and costumes for plays, ballets and films. Furse was particularly associated with the work of Laurence Olivier, for whom he designed the films of Henry V , Hamlet , Richard III and The Prince and the Showgirl , and he frequently worked for the Old Vic, designing Shakespeare productions which starred some of the great names of British theatre.

Roger Furse won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Costume Design for a Black and White Film for his designs for Hamlet. This was the first year that an award had been made for costume design and the category was divided into two,with one award been given for a black and white film and one for colour.

Physical description

Designs for crowns for Claudius and Gertrude. To left, head and shoulders sketch of Claudius, with, to centre, details of his crown seen from the side and above, and, to right, head and shoulders profile drawing of Gertrude showing her crown and headdress. Annotated in pencil and signed.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1948 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Furse, Roger Kemble, born 1903 - died 1972 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'r furse'
Artist's signature in pencil, beneath image of Claudius, lower right

Dimensions

Height: 56.7 cm, Width: 78.3 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Roger Furse for crowns for Claudius and Gertrude in Laurence Olivier's film of Shakespeare's play Hamlet, 1948

Materials

Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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