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Set design - Anthony Holland design
  • Anthony Holland design
    Holland, Anthony, born 1912 - died 2001
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Anthony Holland design

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1974 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Holland, Anthony, born 1912 - died 2001 (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, Gouache, Black Paint, on Paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Anthony Holland

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Set design for Act I & III of "Torquato Tasso". The scene, painted predominately in black, grey, and pink depicts a silhouetted castle at sunset (probably the Pallazzo d'Este in Ferrara). Unsigned by the artist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1974 (painted)


Holland, Anthony, born 1912 - died 2001 (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, Gouache, Black Paint, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Torquato Tasso" Backcloth / Acts 1 + 3 '
Textual information; On the reverse; handwriting; ink

' Torquato Tasso Backcloth / Opera Rara. 1974/75 '
Textual information; In the upper left hand side of the design; handwriting; pencil


Height: 305 mm, Width: 523 mm

Object history note

This Set design by Anthony Holland is part of an extensive collection of designs donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 1996. The design was executed for a production of Gaetano Donizetti's opera "Torquato Tasso" at the Collegiate Theatre, Gordon Street, WC1 on February 27th, 1974. The libretto was by Jacopo Ferretti. The opera was produced by William Chappell, and staged by Opera Rara as part of the 1974 Camden Festival. This staging marked the first performance of the opera since it's last presentation in Italy, 1881. The same production was later revived at the Camden Festival on February 22nd, 1975.

Historical significance: This production was the first staging of Donizetti's opera "Torquato Tasso" since 1881, and is an example of the gradual critical reappraisal and popularity of Italian "Bel Canto" opera during the second half of the 20th century. Donizetti was a supreme exponent of this style of romantic opera during the mid 19th century, and his tragic and comic works were highly popular until the emergence of the operas by Richard Wagner. A re-examination of his work and exciting stage presentations (such as those performed by Maria Callas in "Lucia di Lammermoor" , "Anna Bolena", and "Poliuto" at La Scala) led to a much greater exposure of his talents in the opera house and concert hall during the late 20th century. By the early 1970's, previously obscure works such as "Maria Stuarda" had become highly popular in Britain.

Descriptive line

Set design by Anthony Holland for Act I & III of Torquato Tasso, Camden Festival, February 27th, 1974


Paper; Pencil; Gouache; Paint


Drawing (image-making); Painting

Subjects depicted

Opera; Set design


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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