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Stencil - Stencil for marking scenery, used by the Grieve family, 19th century

Stencil for marking scenery, used by the Grieve family, 19th century

  • Object:

    Stencil

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metal

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Walford Grieve

  • Museum number:

    S.1005-1984

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Metal stencil for marking scenery used by the Grieve family, 19th century.

The Grieves were a family of scene painters who worked for many London theatres during the 19th century. John Henderson Grieve (1770-1845) was principally associated with Covent Garden. His sons Thomas (1799-1882) and William (1800-1844) started at Covent Garden but went on to work for other managements. Thomas was later assisted by his son Thomas Walford (1841-1899). Together they developed the art of scene painting, evolving from the romantic to the realistic.

23 Macklin Street, off Drury Lane, was built in 1850-51 as a workshop for Thomas Grieve (1799-1882), and fellow scenic artists William Telbin (1813-1873) and John Absolon (1815-1895). Grieve and Telbin were joint owners of the property until Telbin's death. Grieve was joined in the family business by his son Thomas Walford Grieve (1841-1899).

The Macklin Street property was put up for auction in 1879.

Physical description

Stencil for marking scenery, 'T. Grieve & Son, Scenic Artists, 23 Macklin Street, London W.C.', metal with clipped corners.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Metal

Dimensions

Height: 22.8 cm, Width: 30.4 cm

Descriptive line

Stencil for marking scenery, used by the Grieve family, 'T. Grieve & Son, Scenic Artists, 23 Macklin Street, London W.C.', metal with clipped corners, 19th century

Materials

Metal

Techniques

Metal working

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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