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Costume Design - The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened
  • The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened
    Comelli, Attilio, born 1858 - died 1925
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The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened

  • Object:

    Costume Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1913 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Comelli, Attilio, born 1858 - died 1925 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Terry Whitworth

  • Museum number:

    S.527-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Attilio Comelli (1858-1925) for Will Evans (1873-1931) as Pompos in the pantomime The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened by George Sims and Arthur Collins, with music by Jimmy Glover at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 26 December 1913.

This is a design for a costume worn by Will Evans (1866-1931) the celebrated music hall and pantomime star and comedian, and son of the famous Drury Lane clown and acrobat Frederick William Evans. It was created by Attilio Giuseppe de Comelli von Stuckenfeld (1858-1925), known professionally as Attilio Comelli. Comelli was a prolific costume designer who was artist in chief to Drury Lane, the Alhambra and Covent Garden theatres in the late 19th century.

The design shows the official regalia worn by Evans as Pompos, the Court Official at the Court of Duke of Monte Blanco, who was played by George Graves (1876-1949).

Physical description

Costume design by Attilio Comelli (1858-1925) for Will Evans (1873-1931) as Pompos in the pantomime The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened by George Sims and Arthur Collins, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 26 December 1913. The design features a full length image of a male figure dressed in silver and white knee breeches decorated with bows at the knees, a deep blue jacket with wide turned back cuffs, and a long, sleeveless red jacket decorated with gold braid. He is also wearing a black hat with an upright brim edged in gold, and a heavy gold chain with a circular, hanging, medallion.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1913 (designed)

Artist/maker

Comelli, Attilio, born 1858 - died 1925 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'POMPOS'
Painted annotation in watercolour paint, bottom right hand corner.

Dimensions

Length: 35.5 cm approximate, Width: 22 cm approximate

Descriptive line

Costume design by Attilio Comelli (1858-1925) for Will Evans (1873-1931) as Pompos in the pantomime The Sleeping Beauty Reawakened by George Sims and Arthur Collins, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, 26 December 1913

Materials

Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Painting

Categories

Designs; Theatre; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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