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Set model - Morris Kestelman set model piece for Richard III
  • Morris Kestelman set model piece for Richard III
    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988
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Morris Kestelman set model piece for Richard III

  • Object:

    Set model

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, wood and gouache on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:

    S.2075-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) was for part of the original model box for the Old Vic Theatre Company's production of Richard III at the New Theatre, London, in September 1944. Directed by John Burrell with costumes designed by Doris Zinkeisen, this wartime production has a legendary ring to it today, starring great British actors - Laurence Olivier as Richard, Ralph Richardson as Richmond and Sybil Thorndike as Margaret. Critics of the day praised the production, and one described the 'sombre pictures' created by the settings as 'grimly effective'.

Physical description

Part of set model by Morris Kestelman for William Shakespeare's Richard III, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, 1944. The piece shows a design for a cut cloth and features dark pointed arches.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, wood and gouache on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Cut cloth'
On reverse side in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 32 cm, Width: 45 cm

Descriptive line

Part of set model by Morris Kestelman for William Shakespeare's Richard III, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, 1944

Materials

Watercolour; Gouache; Card; Wood

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Model-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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