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Theatre design - The Escape from the Seraglio
  • The Escape from the Seraglio
    Pride, Malcolm, born 1930 - died 2003
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The Escape from the Seraglio

  • Object:

    Theatre design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1967 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pride, Malcolm, born 1930 - died 2003 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper, with fabric samples pinned to the design.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the estate of Malcolm Pride

  • Museum number:

    S.304-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design by Malcolm Pride for an unidentified character in The Escape from the Seraglio, Phoenix Opera Company, Bath Festival, 1967

Malcolm Pride (1930-2003) trained at the Old Vic School. His first major design commission was Volpone for the 1952 season at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. He went on to design sets and costumes for theatre, ballet and opera productions, and his work was seen in London's West End, at Sadler's Wells and the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and at the Edinburgh Festival. In 1973 he became Head of the Theatre Design Department at Wimbledon College of Art, a post which he held for 27 years.

Physical description

Design by Malcolm Pride for an unidentified character in The Escape from the Seraglio,1967. It shows a full length female figure dressed in a knee length tunic with a close fitting low bodice, and wide skirt, worn over full, 'harem style trousers.' Both the tunic and trousers are white and decorated with a repeating pattern of pale pink and green roses. The figure is also wearing a pale green turban decorated at the centre front with a single pale pink rose. A white veil is draped across the bottom half of her face, and is also suspended from the sides and rear of the turban.

Small samples of fabric, one pink machine lace, one a length of pink synthetic woven fabric, and another a section of cotton, printed with roses, have been pinned to the design.
Handwritten annotation recording details relating to the costume and decoration, has been added to the design using pencil.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1967 (designed)

Artist/maker

Pride, Malcolm, born 1930 - died 2003 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper, with fabric samples pinned to the design.

Marks and inscriptions

'"The Escape from the/Seraglio"/PHOENIX OPERA COMPANY/BATH Festival 1967'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, bottom left hand corner.

'jewelled sprays/on hair/pink, white/& green/beads round/neck and/front opening'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, top right hand corner.

'Malcolm Pride'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, signature of artist.

Dimensions

Height: 35.3 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Malcolm Pride for an unidentified character in The Escape from the Seraglio, Phoenix Opera Company, Bath Festival, 1967

Materials

Paper; Gouache; Cotton; Material; Lace

Techniques

Painting; Drawing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Opera

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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