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

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1842 (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:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design for a cut and profiled stage right wing and border, possibly for Acis and Galatea, showing trees overarching from the left and a rock attached below. Painted in brown wash.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, designed)


1842 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Wash on card


Height: 390 mm, Width: 465 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 was probably made for George Frideric Handel's serenata, Acis and Galatea, staged by William Charles Macready at Drury Lane Theatre, 5 February 1842, and may be intended for Scene 3, 'Pine Forest and Waterfall'. The production was restaged by George Vining at the Princess's Theatre on 2 August 1869, using the same designs which were lent by Clarkson Stanfield's family.

Descriptive line

Design by Clarkson Stanfield for a cut and profiled wing and border, probably for scene iii of Acis and Galatea, Drury Lane Theatre, 1842


Wash; Card


Painting; Glueing


Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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