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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1955 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted paper and card collage on hessian

  • Credit Line:

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Theatre Museum, 2002

  • Museum number:

    S.53-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Framed and mounted card and paper collage representing a stage setting of a grey wall with four black arches, each outlined in yellow; one black rectangular opening also outlined in yellow, above which are four irregularly shaped windows or shutters, each painted with eyes and lips. To either side of the wall is a blue column. The collage, in poster paint and gouache, is mounted on a loose-weave hessian backing to which three cut-out grey clouds are also attached. This in turn is mounted on grey cartridge paper.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1955 (designed)

Artist/maker

Piper, John, born 1903 - died 1992 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Painted paper and card collage on hessian

Dimensions

Height: 54 cm Dimensions of framed image measured to the mount., Width: 86 cm, Height: 65 cm, Width: 86 cm Dimensions of frame

Object history note

Original design by John Piper for the entertainment Cranks, written and devised by John Cranko with music by John Addison and designs by John Piper, New Watergate Theatre, 19 December 1955, featuring Gordon Heath, Marcia Ashton, Anthony Newley and Gilbert Vernon, transferring to St. Martin's Theatre, 1 March 1956, and later to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

Descriptive line

Set design by John Piper (1903-1992) for 'Cranks', an entertainment devised by John Cranko with music by John Addison, New Watergate Theatre, 19 December 1955, transferring to St. Martin's. 1 March 1956.

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

John Piper. Catalogue for the Tate Gallery Exhibition, November 1983-January 1984.
John Piper and the Stage. Catalogue for the Pallant House Exhibition, Chichester, February-April 1993.

Materials

Paper; Card; Poster colour; Gouache; Hessian

Techniques

Painted; Cut-out; Collage

Categories

Designs; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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