Robes of Thespis. Costume Designs by Modern Artists

Robes of Thespis. Costume Designs by Modern Artists
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Edited for Rupert Mason by George Sheringham and R. Boyd Morrison.

London. Ernest Benn Limited. 1928. First edition. Blue cloth-bound boards, with gilt design to cover and gilt title to spine, dust jacket. xvi, 143 pages. Colour frontispiece and 109 colour and b&w hors texte plates, each with tissue guard. 280 x 225mm (11 x 8"). 2.2kg. . English. Very good; surface wear to jacket with light soiling, browning to spine and fore-edges, occasional tears repaired with tape to verso, small area of water damage to rear fore-edge; spine lightly bumped at base, browning to endpapers with a short tear to front free endpaper, spotting to edges, no inscriptions.

A finely-produced book designed to showcase the talents of contemporary costume designers. It is very scarce with the dust jacket. The book explores, through text and illustrations, costume design for theatre, ballet and opera, with chapters entitled 'Fantasy in Costume', 'Costume for Ballet', 'The Artist in the Dressing Room', etc. The generous plates provide an overview of the best designers and artists working in the performing arts at the time. Artists include Sir William Orpen, Max Beerbohm, Edmund Dulac, Edward Gordon Craig, Charles Ricketts, Claude Lovat Fraser, William Nicholson, Oliver Messel, Paul Nash and Laura Knight.