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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1931 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calthrop, Gladys (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pencil drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Gladys Calthrop

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This costume is for one of the guests at a ball held during Act I Scene VIII of Noel Coward's Cavalcade. The play follows the lives of the Marryott family, and their servants, over three decades. It premiered at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1931.

Gladys Calthrop (1894-1980) was an English set and costume designer. Born Gladys Treeby in Devon, Calthrop married, and later separated from, Everard E. Calthrop. She met Noel Coward in Italy during 1921, they subsequently became friends and worked together on many plays. Their first collaboration was on The Vortex in 1924 for which Calthrop designed both sets and costumes. She worked in both London and New York.

Physical description

Costume design depicting a floor length tiered light blue dress with a black bow tied behind the waist and another bow around the top. Costume also includes long white gloves and a choker. There are notes written around the page. Signed to the left of image.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1931 (drawn)


Calthrop, Gladys (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pencil drawing

Marks and inscriptions

'10 / SK.C.50'
Written in top left hand corner

'Miss Keay / Edwardian Reception 1903'
Written in top right hand corner

'pale blue chiffon / over white satin / black velvet lined pink satin / for sash and bertha / black narrow velvet on hem'
Written to the right of the image


Height: 56.0 cm, Width: 38.3 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Gladys Calthrop for Miss Keay in Noel Coward's Cavalcade, ca. 1931. Gladys Calthrop Design Collection


Paper; Pencil; Water-colour


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


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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