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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 and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.1568-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design for Soldiers by Leslie Hurry for 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 on paper costume design for Soldiers for the 1958 production of Mary Stuart at Old Vic Theatre. The soldier depicted is wearing an armoured breastplate, yellow trunks, orange tights along with a hat and gloves.

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 and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Leslie Hurry

6. Soldiers
Mary Stuart
Front side in ink

2 yds drape
5 yellow
4 tan
On reverse side in pencil

V
On reverse side in purple ink

Dimensions

Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design for Soldiers by Leslie Hurry for Schiller's Mary Stuart, Old Vic, 1958

Materials

Ink; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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