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Costume design - Lawyer Pettifog and his Follower
  • Lawyer Pettifog and his Follower
    Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887
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Lawyer Pettifog and his Follower

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1859 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.244-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a design by Richard Wynn Keene or Dykwynkyn (1809-1887), for characters in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, or, Harlequin Leap-Year and the Merry Pranks of the Good Little People which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 26 December 1859, with set designs supervised by the well-known scene designer William Beverley, and costumes and pantomime 'big heads' designed by the artist, sculptor, mask and property maker and costume designer Richard Keene. Pettifogger (as his name appears in the playbill) is described as 'a Limb of the Law' and appears in the scene featuring Jack's Cottage and a Wintry Landscape in Devonshire.

In an article of 1867 the playwright T.W. Robertson described Dykwynkyn as: 'the presiding genius of all theatrical Christmas revels.' The playbill credits: 'The Masks, Allegorical Devices and Designs by DYK-WYN-KYN the Celebrated Artist in Pantomime Physiognomy'.

For his pantomime work Keene used the name Dykwynkyn which he characteristically signed on an artist's palette on the ground. He was also responsible for designs for a number of other lavish productions of the day, and for these he was billed as Mr. R.W. Keene.

Physical description

Pencil and watercolour costume design on cream paper for Lawyer Pettifog and his Follower, captioned below in watercolour lettered with a brush: 'LAWYER PETTIFOG and his FOLLOWER', depicting a thin, cunning-looking lawyer on the left with demented eyes and a manic grin, presenting a writ in his right hand, and holding other legal documents under his left arm. On the right is a boorish, portly man, standing in profile, holding a cudgel menacingly over his left shoulder. By his left foot is an artist's palette signed in ink: 'Dykwynkyn'.

Place of Origin

London (probably, designed)

Date

1859 (designed)

Artist/maker

Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

LAWYER PETTIFOG and his FOLLOWER
In watercolour painted below the image.

Dykwynkyn
Signed in pen and ink on the shape of an artist's palette on which the character is standing.

Dimensions

Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 25.8 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design for Lawyer Pettifog and his Follower, characters in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, or, Harlequin Leap-Year and the Merry Pranks of the Good Little People, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 26 December 1859. Pencil and watercolour by Dykwynkyn - Richard Wynn Keene (1809-1887) .

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Inscribed

Subjects depicted

Ink bottle; Writ; Cudgel; Quill pens

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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