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Design - Richard II

Richard II

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1955 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and watercolour, pencil and coloured pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Caro Rathbone

  • Museum number:

    S.2023-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design for two chairs or thrones by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955.

Leslie Hurry designed sets, costumes and props for this production, which opened on 18 January 1955. It starred John Neville in the title role. Richard II was revived at the Old Vic on 3 July 1956 with a number of cast changes and then toured under the auspices of Sol Hurok to the U.S.A where it was seen in New York in October 1956. Michael Northern served as Technical Assistant to Leslie Hurry. Photographs by Houston Rogers in the V & A's Theatre and Performance collections show the production on stage. Cartoons in the Tatler (2 February 1955) show Bolingbroke, the Duke of York and John of Gaunt.

Physical description

Pen and watercolour design on paper with annotation in pencil and coloured pencil. The design is for two chairs or thrones by Leslie Hurry for William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955. The design shows two chairs with pointed backs and blue seats, one slightly narrower than the other.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)

Date

1955 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Ink and watercolour, pencil and coloured pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

elaborate
but light
X
[worth?] to
[cut off] supplier
25
2
out
[?]
On front side in pencil and red coloured pencil

13
On reverse side in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 17.5 cm, Width: 16.8 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Leslie Hurry for two chairs or thrones in William Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Michael Benthall for the Old Vic theatre, London 1955

Materials

Ink; Paper; Watercolour; Pencil; Coloured pencil

Techniques

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

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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