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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:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1944 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) was for King Richard's throne in 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

Design for a throne for William Shakespeare's Richard III, Old Vic production, New Theatre, 1944, designed by Morris Kestelman. The design shows a reddish throne and yellow cushion from various angles.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


1944 (designed)


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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'bright - gold / Seat Red. / Throne Richard III / Cushion for throne 18" square / This colour'
On front side in pencil


Height: 28.5 cm, Width: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a throne for Richard III by William Shakespeare, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, 1944. Designed by Morris Kestelman (1905 - 1998)


Watercolour; Paper


Painting (image-making)


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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