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Design - Morris Kestelman design for Richard III
  • Morris Kestelman design for Richard III
    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988
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Morris Kestelman design for Richard III

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:

    S.2082-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) was for a tapestry in the Old Vic Theatre Company's production of Richard III at the New Theatre, 13 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; one described the 'sombre pictures' created by the settings as 'grimly effective' while the critic E. M. Barraud, in his Manchester Guardian review,15 September 1944 decided: 'Mr Morris Kestelman's settings and Miss Zinkheisen's [sic] costumes are rivals in glowing adroitness.'

Physical description

Design by Morris Kestelman for a curtain for William Shakespeare's Richard III, New Theatre1944. The design shows two angels in green dresses against a purple background, both playing stringed instruments

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Backing / to Baynards Castle'
On reverse side in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 14 cm, Width: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Morris Kestelman for a curtain for William Shakespeare's Richard III, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, 13 September 1944. Watercolour on paper.

Materials

Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Image-making

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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