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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    late 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Croce, P (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on card

  • Credit Line:

    Cyril W Beaumont Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume in the form of a mushroom facing left, with pale brown stem with facial features painted at top and feet and lower legs protruding from lower edge; the top of the mushroom is in shades of red brown. From the feet stretches a 'shadow' in brown green watercolour. Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil. Signed and annotated.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (possibly, made)


late 19th century (made)


Croce, P (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil on card

Marks and inscriptions

'4. Ragazzi'
4 children
Textual information; Italian; Upper left hand corner; Handwriting; Pen and ink; Unknown

'P. Croce'
Signature; Lower right hand side; Handwriting; Watercolour

'Amor / costume del / Ballo'
Love, ballet costume
Textual information; Italian; Reverse along left side; Handwriting; Pen and ink; Unknown


Height: 219 mm left side, Height: 228 mm right side, Width: 170 mm

Object history note

This costume was designed for the ballet Amor, and may relate to the ballet with choreography by Luigi Manzotti premiered at La Scala, Milan, in 1886. The design came to the Museum as part of the Cyril Beaumont Bequest and was probably acquired by him as illustrations for his various publications on design for the ballet. Four of the designs (S.234-2000; S.232-2000; S.235-2000; S.354) from the group of ten in the collection were reproduced in Beaumont's Five Centuries of Ballet Design, published by The Studio Ltd, London, nd.

Historical significance: An example of a costume in the shape of a vegetable from one of the large spectacular realistic productions which characterised Italian ballet in the late 19th century.

Descriptive line

Costume design by P Croce for a Mushroom in the ballet in Amor, late 19th century.


Pen and ink; Watercolour; Card; Pencil


Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Mushroom; Costume; Fungi


Entertainment & Leisure; Dance; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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