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  • Object:

    Design for a ballet or opera costume

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Florence (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    c.1590 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and water-colour, bound in volume

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 94, shelf F, box 26

Physical description

Watercolour design for a costume. Male figure in slashed hose and turban and with wings.
1 of 20 bound in a vellum volume stamped with the French royal arms.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Florence (possibly, made)


c.1590 (made)



Materials and Techniques

pen and water-colour, bound in volume


Height: 10 in, Width: 6.75 in, Height: 14.25 in volume, Width: 9.375 in volume

Object history note

The volume containing this design is stamped with the arms of the Royal Family of France and dates from the early 18th century. The volume was formerly owned by Sir Henry Bunbury.

Descriptive line

Unknown. 'Dedale'. Male figure in slashed hose and turban and with wings.1 of 20 designs for ballet or opera costumes. French or Florentine, c.1590. Bound in volume.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1936, London: Board of Education, 1937.


Pen and watercolour


Watercolour drawing


Theatre; Designs; Clothing; Fancy-dress; Pageants and Ceremonies


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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