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    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010
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Costume design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, designed)

  • Date:

    1955 (Painted, Drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, Ballpoint pen, Ink, and White Paint, on Paper

  • Museum number:

    S.256-2001

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Costume design for Robert Thomas as The Duke of Mantua in Act I. The design depicts a full length male figure wearing late 16th century style costume. The costume consists of a pink and gold doublet and hose worn under a voluminous brown jacket edged with brown fur and decorated with gold braids. The figure also wears white stockings and brown shoes, and white ruffles at the neck and cuffs. He carries a pair of white gloves in his right hand. 6 Fabric swatches are attached to the upper part of the design.

Place of Origin

London (probably, designed)

Date

1955 (Painted, Drawn)

Artist/maker

Stone, Alix, born 1913 - died 2010 (Costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, Ballpoint pen, Ink, and White Paint, on Paper

Marks and inscriptions

' Alix Stone '
Signature; Lower right hand corner of the design.; handwriting; ink

' RIGOLETTO / Act I / Court Scene - / DUKE '
Textual information; Upper left hand corner of the design.; handwriting; Ballpoint pen

' Velvet '
Textual information; Upper right hand corner of the design.; handwriting; pencil

' URGENT / WHITE / VELVET '
Textual information; Upper right hand corner of the design.; handwriting; ink

' 21 x 14 1/4 '
Textual information; Lower right hand corner of the design.; handwriting; pencil

Dimensions

Height: 551 mm, Width: 368 mm, Height: 610 mm Mount, Width: 410 mm Mount

Object history note

This costume design by Alix Stone is part of an extensive collection of designs purchased by the Theatre Museum directly from the artist in 1994. The design was executed for a production of Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto", performed by Sadler's Wells Opera at Sadler's Wells, September 21st 1955. The production was translated by Edward J. Dent; conducted by Leo Quayle; and directed by Powell Lloyd (who also designed the scenery). The dances were arranged by Peter Wright. The cast included Robert Thomas, Frederick Sharp, Marjorie Shires, and Anna Pollak.

The production was revived by the Sadler's Wells Opera in January 1956, December 1956, January 1957, January 1958, October 1961, and January 1963.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Alix Stone for Robert Thomas as the Duke of Mantua in Act I of Rigoletto, Sadler's Wells Opera, Sadler's Wells, September 21st 1955. Pencil, Ink, Paint.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Ink; Paint; Ballpoint pen

Techniques

Painted; Drawn

Subjects depicted

Dukes; Opera; Costumes

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Opera; Designs

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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