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Set design - Clarkson Stanfield design
  • Clarkson Stanfield design
    Stanfield, Clarkson RA, born 1793 - died 1867
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Clarkson Stanfield design

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (drawn)

  • Date:

    1826 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stanfield, Clarkson RA, born 1793 - died 1867 (theatre designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash on card

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from the Bagshawe Estate

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design for a profile and cut ground row showing an episode from the Battle of Waterloo, with, to left, two soldiers, one lying wounded, at centre a group consisting of the Duke of Wellington (head missing) on Copenhagen and an officer attending a fallen general, possibly Pitcairn or Anglesey, and, to right, a gun and a wounded soldier. Painted in brown wash. On the reverse are 15 x 3/4in scale markings from centre to left, the identification 'No 1', possibly in Clarkson Stanfield's hand, and a rough brown wash sketch of a columned facade to left of a domed building.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (drawn)


1826 (painted)


Stanfield, Clarkson RA, born 1793 - died 1867 (theatre designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash on card

Marks and inscriptions

'No 1'
Maker's identification; Reverse; Handwriting; Pencil; Stanfield, Clarkson


Height: 200 mm, Width: 610 mm

Object history note

Clarkson Stanfield had two children by his first marriage and ten by his second to Rebecca Adcock (d.1876). The theatre designs, S.13 - S.99-2000, and other Stanfield studio residue passed to the oldest surviving son of the second marriage, George Clarkson Stanfield (1828-78), also a painter. He died of liver disease at the Hampstead home of his sister, Harriet Thesesa (1837-1911). In 1861 Harriet had married William Henry Gunning Bagshaw (1825-1901), a barrister, QC and judge, and the couple had a large family, of whom the fifth child, Joseph John Richard Bagshawe (1870-1909), was also a professional artist. Joseph married in 1901 and had two sons, Edward and K.G.R., the latter becoming a solicitor in the firm of Seaton, Gray, Bell and Bagshawe at Whitby. The collection of Clarkson Stanfield designs (S.13 - S.99-2000) was discovered in K.G.R. Bagshawe's attic on the latter's death. It had presumably been left with his grandmother, Harriet, on George Stanfield's death and been passed down through the family. K.G.R.'s daughter, Susie, took the designs to Christie's for a probate valuation, and Christie's alerted Dr Pieter van der Merwe of the National Maritime Museum, an acknowledged expect on Clarkson Stanfield. Dr van der Merwe then contacted the Theatre Museum. The collection comprises working designs and model pieces made in the Drury Lane scene room from the mid-1820s to the mid-1840s.

This design, and S.55 - S.56-2000, were made for the scene entitled 'England's Glory' in the 'New Comic Pantomime', The Man in the Moon, or, Harlequin Dog Star, Drury Lane Theatre, 26 December 1826. Stanfield's scenery for the Battle of Waterloo was used again at Drury Lane on 27 June 1828 in the farewell benefit performance for Joseph Grimaldi, when the 'splendid Panoramic View' of the Battle was accompanied by Weber's Kampf und Sieg overture.

Descriptive line

Design by Clarkson Stanfield for a profile and cut ground row setting piece of an episode in The Battle of Waterloo, Drury Lane Theatre, 1826.


Ink; Wash; Card


Painting; Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted



Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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