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

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    1832 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wash on card

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from the Bagshawe Estate

  • Museum number:

    S.58-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design for a cut ground row, showing Greenwich Hospital, apparently viewed from One Tree Hill, and a heavily wooded Greenwich Park with the Queen's House. Painted in brown wash, with a vertical pen line 20mm from the left edge.

Place of Origin

London (painted)

Date

1832 (painted)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Wash on card

Dimensions

Height: 208 mm, Width: 572 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.57-2000, were made for scene three, 'Extensive view of London from Greenwich Hill' in the pantomime, Harlequin Traveller, or, the World Turned Inside Out, Drury Lane Theatre, 26 December 1832.

Descriptive line

Design by Clarkson Stanfield for a cut ground row setting piece for scene 3 in Harlequin Traveller, or, the World Turned Inside Out, Drury Lane Theatre, 1832

Materials

Wash; Card

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Theatre; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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