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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.313-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design by Malcolm Pride for Blonda 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 Blonda in The Escape from the Seraglio,1967. It shows a full length female figure dressed in an early eighteenth century style black and yellow dress. The dress is trimmed with sections of teal and yellow ribbon and has a close fitting bodice which extends into a low 'V' at the centre front and has a low square neckline. The sleeves are full and finish on the lower arm in a wide, white cuffs. The upper skirt is black and is gathered up at the hips to expose the striped black and yellow underskirt beneath. She is shown with her left hand on her hip and is also wearing a small lace cap with a scalloped edge and trimmed with long green and yellow ribbons.

Handwritten annotation 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 Flight from/The Seraglio"/Phoenix Opera Company/Bath Festival/1967'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, bottom left hand corner.

'Malcolm Pride'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, signature of artist, bottom right hand corner.

'BLONDA'
Handwritten annotation in pencil, left hand side.

Dimensions

Height: 35.3 cm, Width: 25.1 cm

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Paper; Gouache; Cotton; Braid

Techniques

Painting; Drawing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Opera

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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