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Theatre design - Robert and Elizabeth
  • Robert and Elizabeth
    Pride, Malcolm, born 1930 - died 2003
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Robert and Elizabeth

  • Object:

    Theatre design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1964 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the estate of Malcolm Pride

  • Museum number:

    S.951-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Design by Malcolm Pride for Sarah Badel as Bella Hedley, Act 2 Scene 2 in Robert and Elizabeth, Lyric Theatre, London, 1964.

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

The costume design depicts the character of Bella Hedley in Robert and Elizabeth. She is wearing a pale pink dress with a split skirt. The low neckline is white and trimmed with lace with roses at the shoulders. The sleeves have large lace cuffs with roses trimming the upper edge and the underside. The white underskirt has bows at the openings and a multi-layered lace at the bottom. There is a white bow belt with rose detailling. She is wearing a matching bonnet with roses on the underside, white gloves, and brown shoes. The left side of the page shows a pencil sketch of the the back of the dress. There are costume element details and show information written on the page.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1964 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, gouache and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'111 / kimono (carrie's [?] mirror) pink roses / & petals. / Bella Hedley / Act 2 Sc 2 / Miss Sarah Badel / "Robert & Elizabeth"'
On the front to the left of the figure.

'petals / in sleeve / falls. / Malcolm Pride / 1964'
On the front to the right of the figure.

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm approximately, Width: 25 cm approximately

Descriptive line

Design by Malcolm Pride for Sarah Badel as Bella Hedley, Act 2 Scene 2 in Robert and Elizabeth, Lyric Theatre, London, 1964

Materials

Watercolour; Gouache; Pencil; Paper; Card

Techniques

Painting; Rendering; Drawing

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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