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Costume Design - Costume design

Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume Design

  • Place of origin:

    london (possibly for Drury Lane Theatre, made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)
    1901 (made)
    1905 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Homann, H A (maker)
    Homann & Sons (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn with pencil on paper and then coloured with gouache, signed and inscribed with pencil.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jillian Lees

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case DT, shelf 104, box A

The costume design is for a dress decorated in pink climbing roses; perhaps a representation of summer. It may be that Homann created costumes to represent all the seasons, as another design in the collection may be a representation of autumn or harvest.

Physical description

Design/ illustration of a woman in theatrical garments on card. The figure of the woman is in the centre of the stage wearing a dress and headdress of large pink roses and green leaves, the figure is also holding branches of pink roses in both hands. The drawing is signed 'Homann 1901' in pencil. There is also a small drawing on the right hand side of the sheet showing the back of the dress. The back of the card has the outline of roses in the shape of a skirt, half a figure wearing a hat and is inscribed with 'Floralette' and 'Floretta'

Place of Origin

london (possibly for Drury Lane Theatre, made)


early 20th century (made)
1901 (made)
1905 (made)


Homann, H A (maker)
Homann & Sons (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn with pencil on paper and then coloured with gouache, signed and inscribed with pencil.


Height: 27.6 cm, Width: 21 cm

Object history note

The firm of W. Homann & Son of 60 Berners Street, London, were interior designers and house painters. Their most prestigious commission came from Queen Victoria for Osborne House (c.1847-50), and throughout the 19th century they continued to design interiors for grand houses. It seems that William Henry Homann originally established the firm in the 1840s. His son, Henry William Homann was admitted to the Company of Painters and Stainers in 1864. H. W. Homann’s son, H. A. Homann, continued the family business into the 20th century. Under H. A. Homann the company seems to have diversified and undertook work for the Drury Lane Theatre, for which the donor believes these works to have been completed.

Descriptive line

H A Homann; design for a costume, possibly Summer, 1905

Production Note

Believed to have been made for an un-identified production at Drury Lane theatre.


Gouache; Pencil; Card


Drawn; Coloured; Signed


Designs; Theatre costume

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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