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Print - Harlequin and the Flying Chest
  • Harlequin and the Flying Chest
    Stanfield, Clarkson RA, born 1793 - died 1867
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Harlequin and the Flying Chest

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1823 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from the Bagshawe Estate

  • Museum number:

    S.94-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lithographed key to 'The Principal Objects in the Moving Diorama of the Plymouth Breakwater' in Harlequin and the Flying Chest, Drury Lane Theatre, 1823, painted by Clarkson Stanfield

Physical description

Key to 'The Principal Objects in the Moving Diorama of the Plymouth Breakwater' showing, from left, the Quarries at Oreston with workmen and a small ship, the Harbour of the Catwater and the entrance to Plymouth Hoe with houses and shipping, the Breakwater with, in the distance to the right, a ship in distress, and a wrecked vessel with broken masts on the shore, and a view of Plymouth. The individual parts of the diorama are identified by inscriptions beneath. The original folds in the paper are still apparent.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, printed)

Date

1823 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'THE KEY PLATE TO THE PRINCIPAL OBJECTS IN THE MOVING DIORAMA OF / THE PLYMOUTH BREAKWATER, / Painted by Mr Clarkson Stanfield, from Drawings taken by W.S. Reynolds Esq. & now Exhibiting at / THE NEW THEATRE ROYAL, DRURY LANE.'
Textual information; Upper left hand edge; Printing; Ink

Dimensions

Height: 275 mm, Width: 336 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.

The key to the diorama was included in the book of songs from W.H. Moncrieff 's pantomime, Harlequin and the Flying Chest, Drury Lane Theatre, 26 December 1823. The Plymouth Breakwater was still under construction at the time of the pantomime.

Descriptive line

Lithographed key to 'The Principal Objects in the Moving Diorama of the Plymouth Breakwater' in Harlequin and the Flying Chest, Drury Lane Theatre, 1823, painted by Clarkson Stanfield

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mayer, David, III. Harlequin in His Element : the English pantomime, 1806-1836. Cambridge, Massachuetts : Harvard University Press, 1969. 400p., ill. SBN 674-37275-1
The Spectacular Career of Clarkson Stanfield 1793-1867 : seaman, scene-painter, Royal Academician. Gateshead : Tyne and Wear County Council Museums, 1979. ISBN 0905974034
Catalogue of the exhibition held by Tyne and Wear County Council Museums, 1979

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Pantomime

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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