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Silk train - Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

  • Object:

    Silk train

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1890s-1920s (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silk train was worn by Catherine Pelling in a production of Haddon Hall, an opera written by Arthur Sullivan (music) and Sydney Grundy (libretto).

The first production of Haddon Hall opened at the Savoy Theatre on 24th September 1892 and ran for 204 performances. The plot bases itself on the elopement of Dorothy Manners with the Duke of Rutland in 1563. Grundy re-located the story to 1660 to present a more dramatic backdrop of the Civil War. Notably, it not only was the first Sullivan opera to be produced at the Savoy Theatre without a libretto by W. S. Gilbert, but was also the first to focus on romance over comedy and the first to be based on a historical incident.

Physical description

Green silk train embroidered with leaves and flowers, with a yellow silk lining.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1890s-1920s (made)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk


Length: 252.5 cm, Width: 110 cm

Object history note

This silk train was donated to the D'Oyly Carte Company in 1985.

Descriptive line

Silk train from a dress worn in Haddon Hall






Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Costumes


Theatre and Performance Collection

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