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Costume design - Mary Stuart

Mary Stuart

  • Object:

    Costume 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 and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.1564-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Leslie Hurry for the character Sir William Davison in 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 and watercolour costume design on paper with pencil inscription for the 1958 production of Mary Stuart at Old Vic Theatre. The design shows a bearded man in black wearing a fur-trimmed robe and a white ruff.

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 and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Mary Stuart
DAVISON
Leslie Hurry signature
on front in black ink

V
on reverse side in purple ink

Dimensions

Height: 38.7 cm, Width: 19.2 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Leslie Hurry for the character Sir William Davison in Schiller's Mary Stuart, Old Vic, 1958

Materials

Ink; Watercolour; Paper; Pencil

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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