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Sketchbook

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metal-point and water-colour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Edward Godwin, son of the artist

  • Museum number:

    E.252-1963

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 123, box B(I)

Physical description

Sketchbook containing interiors of various theatres, including the Globe; studies and designs for theatrical costumes for a production of Shakespeare's 'Othello'; studies on pages 58 and 61 for properties for a production of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'; a design for a theatre; topographical drawings made in Belgium, and various studies of medieval costume from British museum manuscripts etc. 80 pages (2 torn) of metallic surfaced paper, thread-stitched in paper boards.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1880 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Metal-point and water-colour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed by the artist throughout with notes on performance of plays, names and addresses etc. Dated 8 September to 20 November 1880

'Antwerp Costumes 966-1066 1560-80 1560 Aug-Oct 1880'
Inscribed on the cover and dated

Dimensions

Height: 14.6 cm size of volume, Width: 8.3 cm size of volume

Object history note

The drawing on p.24 may be related to the design for the entrance to the Fine Art Society's galleries in New Bond Street on p.42 of sketchbook E.254-1963. Another sketch of the design for a brass sea-horse for A. S. Wortley is on the back of E,482-1963.

Historical context note

Some of the sketches in this sketchbook are designs for theatrical costumes for Mrs. Bateman’s production of Shakespeare’s Othello, first performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 20 September 1880. There are also designs for Wilson Barrett’s production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, first performed at the Princess’s Theatre, London, 16 October 1884

Descriptive line

Sketchbook containing sketches of interiors of theatres, studies and designs for theatrical costumes for Shakespeare productions etc. and topographical drawings. Metal-point and water-colour drawings by Edward William Godwin, 1880. 80 pages (2 torn) of metallic surfaced paper, thread-stitched in paper boards.

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.

Materials

Metal-point; Water-colour; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Binding

Subjects depicted

Theatres; Topography; Costume

Categories

Drawings; Architecture; Topography; Shakespeare; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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