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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    after 1920 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calthrop, Gladys (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour over pen and pencil drawing.

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Gladys Calthrop

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rough design by Gladys Calthrop for the book jacket of The Noël Coward Songbook.

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

Centre of the drawing features a bright green book, entitled The Noël Coward Songbook. A dark pink stage curtain is drawn along the left, top and right edges of the drawing; a piano keyboard is drawn at the bottom.
This is a rough sketch drawn on paper and backed on a sheet of plywood. Completed with a cover to imitate the appearance of a book.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)


after 1920 (drawn)


Calthrop, Gladys (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour over pen and pencil drawing.

Marks and inscriptions

'N.C. much thicker [...] / [...e] do notes (4 measure)'
Handwritten in pencil at the bottom of the drawing.

Written on the cover of the book which is drawn in the middle of the page.


Height: 35.6 cm, Width: 25.5 cm

Descriptive line

Rough design by Gladys Calthrop for the book jacket of The Noël Coward Songbook, Gladys Calthrop Design Collection.


Paper; Pencil; Pen; Watercolour; Card; Plywood


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


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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