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A Dream of Butterflies and Roses

Costume Design
1915 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Costume design by Wilhelm (William John Charles Pitcher) for Adeline Genée as a Butterfly in A Dream of Butterflies and Roses, London Coliseum, 1915.

Described as 'A Fantasy', A Dream of Butterflies and Roses was a ballet choreographed by Adeline Genée. It was first performed in 1911, also at the Coliseum, when the title was A Dream of Roses and Butterflies. The piece was an extended version of the divertissement Roses and Butterflies, presented by Genée in the musical comedy, The Bachelor Belles, at the Chestnut Street Opera House, Philadelphia, on 3rd October1910. Genée expanded the ballet for London, adding an introduction in which a young girl, after a lovers' tiff and reconciliation, falls asleep on her couch, holding the posy of roses her admirer has given her - the divertissement is her dream.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour and pen and ink
Brief Description
Costume design by Wilhelm (William John Charles Pitcher) for Adeline Genée as a Butterfly in A Dream of Butterflies and Roses, London Coliseum, 1915.
Physical Description
Costume design for Adeline Genée as a Butterfly in A Dream of Butterflies and Roses.



She wears a white ballet dress decorated with butterfly wings in white and grey on the skirt and bodice, with a grey butterfly body at the front of the bodice, the head at waist level with the antennae stretching out over the skirt. There are small butterfly wings attached to the shoulders and a headdress of wings and antennae. Signed and dated.
Dimensions
  • Height: 19.2cm
  • Width: 26.1cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'C. Wilhelm / 1915' (artist's signature, lower left.)
  • 'BUTTERFLY / Mlle GENEE' (inscribed by the artist, upper left hand corner.)
Credit line
Given by the British Theatre Museum Association
Object history
Given to the British Theatre Museum Association by Adeline Genée in October 1967.
Subject depicted
Summary
Costume design by Wilhelm (William John Charles Pitcher) for Adeline Genée as a Butterfly in A Dream of Butterflies and Roses, London Coliseum, 1915.



Described as 'A Fantasy', A Dream of Butterflies and Roses was a ballet choreographed by Adeline Genée. It was first performed in 1911, also at the Coliseum, when the title was A Dream of Roses and Butterflies. The piece was an extended version of the divertissement Roses and Butterflies, presented by Genée in the musical comedy, The Bachelor Belles, at the Chestnut Street Opera House, Philadelphia, on 3rd October1910. Genée expanded the ballet for London, adding an introduction in which a young girl, after a lovers' tiff and reconciliation, falls asleep on her couch, holding the posy of roses her admirer has given her - the divertissement is her dream.
Other Number
1967/A/55 - BTMA accession number
Collection
Accession Number
S.797-2017

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record createdDecember 13, 2017
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