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  • Drawing
    Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886
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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink, ink wash and water-colour

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Edward Godwin, son of the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 123, box D

Physical description

Coloured drawing showing a plan for an arena and stage on the left, and an elevation of a dais , with actors and decoration, on the right. The elevation shows a dais with classical figures, columns and curtains.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1886 (made)


Godwin, Edward William, born 1833 - died 1886 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink, ink wash and water-colour

Marks and inscriptions

'Proposed alterations to Mss. Henglers Cirque for Greek Play. March 1886.'
Lettered at the top right of sheet

'E W Godwin F.S.A. Architect'

'Patman Fotheringham / W. Hann April 7th 1886'
Signed and dated in the bottom right corner


Height: 27 cm size of sheet, Width: 48.3 cm size of sheet

Object history note

Other related drawings are on pp.58, 59 and 85 of sketchbook E.265-1963.

Historical context note

The artist's production of John Todhunter’s translation of Helena of Troas was first performed 17 May, 1886.

Descriptive line

Plan of the and stage, with elevation of the dais of Hengler's Circus, Argyll Street, London, showing the proposed alterations for the artist's production of 'Helena of Troas'. Pencil, pen and ink, ink wash and water-colour drawing by Edward William Godwin, 1886.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.


Pencil; Ink; Wash; Water-colour



Subjects depicted

Theatre; Frieze; Figures; Stage; Dais


Drawings; Designs; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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