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Costume design
  • Costume design
    Audrey Cruddas, born 1911 - died 1979
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Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, UK (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1957 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Audrey Cruddas, born 1911 - died 1979 (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour and gold and silver paint on paper.

  • Museum number:

    S.318-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Costume design by Audrey Cruddas for King John and Queen Elinor in William Shakespeare's play King John, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 April 1957.

Audrey Cruddas (1911-1979) was born in South Africa and came to England in 1923. She studied art at St John's Wood School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools and then began a career as a painter, travelling widely in Europe and North Africa. During World War II illness forced her to rest for a year and during this time, for her own amusement, she produced designs for A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. On recovering her health she took the designs to London where they were eventually seen by the director, Michael Benthall, who commissioned her to design his production of The White Devil at the Duchess Theatre in 1947. This was the beginning of Audrey Cruddas's theatrical career: she went on to design productions of Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Old Vic, West End plays, and operas. Her designs for Caesar and Cleopatra, which starred Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, won the 1952 Donaldson Award for outstanding achievement in the theatre when the production toured in America.

Cruddas designed the costumes and settings for King John, which was directed by Douglas Seale with Robert Harris as John and Molly Tapper as Elinor.

Physical description

Costume design for King John and Queen Elinor. Two full length figures against a green-back background, painted to resemble stonework. King John, to left, wears a crown, a yellow-gold robe and a grey cloak lined in orange and holds an orb in his left hand. Queen Elinor wears an olive green dress with a maroon cloak and a chain mail tunic.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, UK (made)

Date

ca.1957 (made)

Artist/maker

Audrey Cruddas, born 1911 - died 1979 (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour and gold and silver paint on paper.

Dimensions

Height: 66.5 cm, Width: 49 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Audrey Cruddas for King John and Queen Elinor in William Shakespeare's play King John, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 April 1957.

Materials

Paper; Watercolour; Gold paint; Silver paint

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection code

T&P

Qr_O1240591
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