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Theatre design - Costume design by Wilhelm
  • Costume design by Wilhelm
    Wilhelm, born 1858 - died 1925
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Costume design by Wilhelm

  • Object:

    Theatre design

  • Place of origin:

    London (drawn)

  • Date:

    1883 (Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilhelm, born 1858 - died 1925 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, watercolour, silver and gold paint on card

  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

  • Museum number:

    S.240-2000

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume design by Wilhelm for Sunshine in M A Bertrand's Grand Storm Ballet in The Island of Storms, Scene 5 and 6 of The Golden Ring, Alhambra, 1883.

The design was probably part of the London Archives of the Dance; the Archives never achieved an independent home and part of the collection was stored with Cyril Beaumont, where it became inextricably mixed with his own collection and came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest.

Historical significance: An example of design for the ballets at the Alhambra Theatre by the leading designer of his period. The ballets at the Alhambra and Empire Theatres are of great significance in the history of ballet in England, as they ensured the continuity of a ballet tradition in London between the Romantic ballet and the 'new' ballet of the Diaghilev Ballets Russes.

Physical description

Full length female figure with left hand raised, wearing a low cut round neck fitted costume reaching to upper thigh of rows of gold fringe with a row of gold fringe from the back to either wrist; pale yellow wings from the shoulders and a 'sunray' gold headdress. Annotated, signed and dated. Pen and ink, watercolour, silver and gold paint on card mounted on backing

Place of Origin

London (drawn)

Date

1883 (Drawn)

Artist/maker

Wilhelm, born 1858 - died 1925 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, watercolour, silver and gold paint on card

Marks and inscriptions

'WILHELM. 83.'
Signature; date; Lower right hand side; Handwriting; Pen and ink

'Alhambra - Sunshine - Storm Ballet.'
Textual information; Across top edge; Handwriting; Pen and ink

'C.A.'
Reverse lower edge centre; Stamping (marking); Ink

'Alhambra / Storm Ballet / Sunshine'
Textual information; Reverse centre; Handwriting; Pencil; Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 209 mm card, Width: 139 mm card

Descriptive line

Costume design by Wilhelm for Sunshine in M A Bertrand's Grand Storm Ballet in The Island of Storms, Scene 5 and 6 of The Golden Ring, Alhambra, 1883

Materials

Pen and ink; Watercolour; Silver paint; Gold paint; Card

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Costume; Sunshine

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs; Dance

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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