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Wilhelm Pantomime Designs

Watercolour
1894 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design by Wilhelm (Charles William Pitcher, 1858-1925) for Miss Cassie Bruce as Holly and Miss A Drayton as Mistletoe in the pantomime Santa Claus as performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre on 27th December 1894, Wilhelm Pantomime Designs.

The designer Wilhelm (William Charles Pitcher RI, 1858-1925) was one of the most inventive and prolific late 19th century costume designers, whose early passion for stage spectacle led to his employment designing pantomime costumes for Drury Lane Theatre. His attention to detail and his ability to create visually stunning and decorative costumes appealed to producers and public alike and led to a constant stream of work.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Water colour over pen and ink drawing.
Brief Description
Costume design by Wilhelm (Charles William Pitcher, 1858-1925) for Miss Cassie Bruce as Holly and Miss A. Drayton as Mistletoe probably in 'Snowland', scene 4 of the Epilogue in Horace Lennard's pantomime Santa Claus produced by Oscar Barrett, Royal Lyceum Theatre, 27th December 1894, Wilhelm Pantomime Designs.
Physical Description
Costume design by Wilhelm for Miss Cassie Bruce as Holly and Miss A Drayton as Mistletoe. Holly wears a dark green, floor-length dress trimmed with red holly berries, an holly wreath on her head and holds a staff also trimmed with holly. Mistletoe wears a light green, floor-length dress of the same style but this time trimmed with white mistletoe berries, a mistletoe wreath on her head and holds a staff also trimmed with mistletoe. Costumes for the pantomime Santa Claus as performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre on 27th December 1894.
Dimensions
  • Height: 14.1cm
  • Width: 21.7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
(Pencil sketch on the reverse.)
Credit line
Acquired with the assistance of Brian Peters
Subjects depicted
Association
Literary ReferenceSanta Claus
Summary
Costume design by Wilhelm (Charles William Pitcher, 1858-1925) for Miss Cassie Bruce as Holly and Miss A Drayton as Mistletoe in the pantomime Santa Claus as performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre on 27th December 1894, Wilhelm Pantomime Designs.



The designer Wilhelm (William Charles Pitcher RI, 1858-1925) was one of the most inventive and prolific late 19th century costume designers, whose early passion for stage spectacle led to his employment designing pantomime costumes for Drury Lane Theatre. His attention to detail and his ability to create visually stunning and decorative costumes appealed to producers and public alike and led to a constant stream of work.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
S.186-2011

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record createdApril 18, 2011
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