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Set design - Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1958 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
    Old Vic Theatre (producer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, pencil, crayon, gouache and watercolour on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.1541-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Set design by Leslie Hurry for Set VI of Schiller's Mary Stuart, Old Vic, 1958.

Leslie Hurry (1909-1978) trained at the Royal Academy and during the 1930s became known as a surrealist painter. A one-man show in London in 1942 was seen by the theatre director, Michael Benthall, who recommended Hurry to the dancer and choreographer, Robert Helpmann, then planning a ballet based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The success of his designs set Hurry on a second career as one of the most distinguished theatre designers of his generation. He designed operas, ballets and plays, notably Swan Lake for the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1943, a production which stayed in the repertoire for thirty years; Venice Preserv'd for Peter Brook (1953); the Ring Cycle at Covent Garden (1954), and Troilus and Cressida at Stratford for Peter Hall (1960), famous for being staged in a sand pit.

Physical description

Ink, pencil, crayon, gouache and watercolour set design on paper with ink inscription for the 1958 production of Mary Stuart at Old Vic Theatre. This design depicts set six, which is an empty space surrounded by tall iron fence, possibly a small prison.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1958 (made)

Artist/maker

Hurry, Leslie, born 1909 - died 1978 (designer)
Old Vic Theatre (producer)

Materials and Techniques

Ink, pencil, crayon, gouache and watercolour on paper.

Marks and inscriptions

Set VI
Mary Stuart
Front side in black ink

Leslie Hurry
Mary Stuart
Front side in blue ink

D V
Reverse side in purple ink

Dimensions

Height: 17 cm, Width: 23 cm

Descriptive line

Set design by Leslie Hurry for Set VI of Schiller's Mary Stuart, Old Vic, 1958

Materials

Paper; Ink; Watercolour; Pencil; Crayon; Gouache

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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