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Baptiste

  • Object:

    Embroidered panel

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1977 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alexander, Eugenie (designer)
    Alexander, Eugenie (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool felt, satin with lace, and net embroidered appliqué

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Eugenie Alexander

  • Museum number:

    T.221-1986

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Collage panel of bright pink wool felt with an appliqué of Pierrot's head and upper body, and he holds aloft an outsize appliqué rose in shades of medium and dark red felt. Green felt leaves. Hands, face and black hat are also in felt. Layer of white net over his face, embroidered eyes, and appliqué mouth. Tunic in appliquéd cream satin with lace and net trimmings, and with yellow butterflies in embroidered fabric and net appliqué.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1977 (made)

Artist/maker

Alexander, Eugenie (designer)
Alexander, Eugenie (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool felt, satin with lace, and net embroidered appliqué

Dimensions

Width: 35 cm, Height: 50 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1986/2121.
This embroidery portrays the actor Jean-Louis Barrault in his best-known role, that of Jean-Gaspard 'Baptiste' Deburau, the early 19th century actor-mime in Les Enfants Au Paradis who developed and created the Commedia dell'Arte character of Pierrot into his current guise.

The Deburau interpretation of Pierrot as a sad, pale-faced, lovelorn character in an outsize trailing smock and pantaloons and a black cap, would prove an extremely popular motif in the 1970s and early 1980s. A wide assortment of Pierrot themed memorablia - ornaments, decorative dolls, posters, clothes, etc. - was created. This embroidered applique portrait taps into that trend.

Descriptive line

Embroidered collage panel of wool felt with an appliqué of Pierrot's head, designed and made by Eugenie Alexander, London, 1977.

Materials

Felt; Silk (textile); Net (textile); Embroidery silks; Wool (textile)

Techniques

Applied work; Felting; Embroidery; Satin weave; Lace

Subjects depicted

Butterflies; Roses (flowers); Pierrot

Categories

Textiles; Embroidery; Performance art; Lace

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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