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Figurine - Figurine of Edith Evans as Mrs Sullen
  • Figurine of Edith Evans as Mrs Sullen
    Walker, Agatha
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Figurine of Edith Evans as Mrs Sullen

  • Object:

    Figurine

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1924 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Walker, Agatha (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded plaster coated in wax and coloured

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1996

  • Museum number:

    S.1038-1996

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of several wax figurines executed by Agatha Walker in the 1920s of actors and actresses in successful London stage productions. There had been a 19th-century craze for Staffordshire earthenware figurines of performers and Agatha Walker's work echoed this tradition. Her figurines, produced as limited editions, were modelled from life in plaster and coated with a fine layer of wax which was then coloured. In 1931 her figurines were exhibited at London's Fine Arts Society.

It represents Edith Evans (1886-1961) as Mrs. Sullen in George Farquhar's comedy The Beaux' Stratagem, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 20 January 1927. Edith Evans made her first professional stage appearance in 1912 but made her name by her performance as Millamant in The Way of the World at the Lyric Theatre in 1924. She took leading roles was with the Old Vic for the 1925-1926 season but returned to the Lyric to play Mrs. Sullen in The Beaux' Stratagem. This was another successful production for Sir Nigel Playfair, the owner of the theatre who had purchased its lease as a derelict building in 1918 and transformed it into a highly successful venue, putting Hammersmith firmly on the theatrical map.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1924 (made)

Artist/maker

Walker, Agatha (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Moulded plaster coated in wax and coloured

Dimensions

Height: 27.0 cm, Width: 14.0 cm, Height: 2.8 cm of base, Width: 8.2 cm of base, Depth: 9.0 cm of base

Descriptive line

Figurine by Agatha Walker of Edith Evans (1886-1961) as Mrs. Sullen in The Beaux Stratagem by George Farquhar, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, 20 January 1927. Moulded plaster covered in wax

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

'The Portrait Statuettes of Agatha Walker' The Studio Vol.101 (1931).

Materials

Plaster; Wax; Pigment

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Figures & Decorative ceramics

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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