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Costume design - FLEMISH BRICKS AND DUTCH METAL
  • FLEMISH BRICKS AND DUTCH METAL
    Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887
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FLEMISH BRICKS AND DUTCH METAL

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1860 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs. W.W. Smith

  • Museum number:

    S.736-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of a set of seven designs by Richard Wynn Keene or Dykwynkyn (1809-1887), for an assortment of comic Knights in the first Christmas pantomime ever staged at Her Majesty's Theatre which opened on Christmas Eve, 1860. Harlequin and Tom Thumb!, or, Merlin The Magician and the Good Fairies of the Court of King Arthur was by all accounts a splendid pantomime, with brilliant set designs supervised by the well-known scene designer William Beverley, and remarkable costumes and the pantomime 'big heads' designed by the artist, sculptor, mask and property maker and costume designer known as Dykwynkyn. 'Big heads' traditionally featured in the opening of pantomimes at this date, and their design was a speciality of Dykwynkyn's.

The Knights in Tom Thumb appeared in 'The Banqueting Hall in the Palace of King Arthur', the scene in the Harlequinade in which Tom Thumb lived in King Arthur's Court. This design is entitled 'Flemish Bricks and Dutch Metal'. The Knights with the cockerel on their banner and shield relate to the 'Flemish Bricks' of the title, while that with the kettles on his shield relate to the 'Dutch Metal'.

Physical description

Pencil and watercolour costume design on cream paper pasted on card for 'Flemish Bricks and Dutch Metal', depicting four knights. Two knights, at left, facing forwards, one holding a banner emblazoned with a crowing cockerel and one with a double-headed axe and a shield with a crowing cockerel emblem. At right, two knights, one, viewed from the back, holds an axe and a shield, and the other, viewed from the side, holds axe and a shield with a design of three kettles. Signed Dykwynkyn on a palette design.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1860 (designed)

Artist/maker

Keene, Richard Wynn, born 1809 - died 1887 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Three Dutch kettles on the Ban...'(?)
Pencil note on right margin.

Dykwynkyn
Signed in watercolour below his right foot on the shape of an artist's palette.

FLEMISH BRICKS & DUTCH METAL
In red paint along lower left edge

Dimensions

Height: 26.7 cm overall height of support paper, Width: 33.1 cm overall width of support paper, Width: 15.0 cm width of smaller sheet

Object history note

Given to the donor in the 1920s by her husband's aunt, a friend of Florence Glossop Harris, daughter of Sir Augustus Harrris and wife of Frank Cellier.

Descriptive line

Costume design for a group of knights, captioned 'Flemish Bricks and Dutch Metal', one of several Knight designs for the pantomime Harlequin and Tom Thumb! or, Merlin The Magician, & the Good Fairies of the Court of King Arthur, Her Majesty's Theatre, 24 December 1860. Pencil and watercolour by 'Dykwynkyn' - Richard Wynn Keene (1809-1887)

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Painted; Inscribed

Subjects depicted

Knight; Kettle

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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