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Set design - Morris Kestelman design for Richard III
  • Morris Kestelman design for Richard III
    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988
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Morris Kestelman design for Richard III

  • Object:

    Set design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pastel on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:

    S.2078-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) was for an interior scene in the Old Vic Theatre Company's production of Richard III at the New Theatre, London, in September 1944. Directed by John Burrell with costumes designed by Doris Zinkeisen, this wartime production has a legendary ring to it today, starring great British actors - Laurence Olivier as Richard, Ralph Richardson as Richmond and Sybil Thorndike as Margaret. Critics of the day praised the production, and one described the 'sombre pictures' created by the settings as 'grimly effective'.

Physical description

Pastel drawing for an interior scene for Richard III by William Shakespeare, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, 1944. Designed by Morris Kestelman (1905 - 1998). The drawing shows a grey room with orange furnishings.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pastel on paper

Dimensions

Height: 19 cm, Width: 28 cm

Descriptive line

Design by Morris Kestelman for interior of a castle for William Shakespeare's Richard III, Old Vic Theatre production, New Theatre, London, 1944

Materials

Pastel; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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