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Costume design - Our Betters

Our Betters

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (costume designers)
    Novello, Ivor, born 1893 - died 1951 (producer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the executors of Eileen Hose

  • Museum number:

    S.1928-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Cecil Beaton for Duchess de Surennes in Somerset Maugham's Our Betters, London, ca. 1946.

Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) was best known as a photographer. Beaton also worked as an illustrator, a diarist, and designer for stage and film. He won three Oscars for costume and art direction for the film version of My Fair Lady (1965) and for Gigi (1958).

Our Betters is a comedy by Somest Maugham set in the 1920s. It premiered the 3rd of October 1946 at the Playhouse in London and was produced by Ivor Novello. Cecil Beaton’s designs were praised for capturing the 1920s.

Physical description

Costume design for character in Our Betters.
It shows a full length profile of a woman dressed in a 1920s style dress.
On the reverse of the page, there is another costume design

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1946 (made)

Artist/maker

Beaton, Cecil (Sir), born 1904 - died 1980 (costume designers)
Novello, Ivor, born 1893 - died 1951 (producer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Miss Davey
Act 2
Duchess

Dimensions

Height: 36 cm, Width: 31 cm

Descriptive line

Costume design by Cecil Beaton for character in Somerset Maugham's Our Betters, London, ca. 1946

Materials

Paper; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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