Original Design for a Devil Costume by Berkeley Sutcliffe

Original Design for a Devil Costume by Berkeley Sutcliffe

Berkeley Sutcliffe.

[1952.] Signed in pencil by the artist. Design in pencil, ink and gouache to grey card; two original fabric swatches pinned to design, pencilled notations around design, list of actors noted in ink, 'Executed by St. John Roper' stamp, 'The Property of Emile Littler' stamp. 327 x 247mm. 0.1kg. . Very good; cropped at left margin losing some pencil text, slight creasing to edges, a couple of small pin-holes to margin.

Robert Berkeley Sutcliffe (1918-1979) was a leading theatre designer of the mid-twentieth century, designing costumes and scenery for Shakespeare plays, revues, pantomimes and musicals. He bought to his creations a sense of colour, fun and the carnival. Concurrently with his theatre career, he was head designer at Fortnum and Mason, for whom he designed their famous clock. The present costume design is for a production of the musical Love From Judy, which premiered at the New Hippodrome, Coventry in 1952 before transferring to the Saville Theatre, London. The musical was directed by Charles Hickman, adapted from the book by Jean Webster and Eric Maschwitz, and with music by Hugh Martin. The story revolves around an orphan Judy, lifted out of poverty by a mysterious benefactor. Judy must write to her benefactor once a month. Over time the two fall in love.  This design for a devilish costume is titled 'Des. 59 Dancing Boy' and appeared in the opening 'Mardi Gras' chorus number in Act One. The carnival number allowed Sutcliffe to indulge in lavish and dramatic costumes. The drawing is signed by the artist and features his notations to the design such as 'High Neck on Collar' and 'Selection of golds keep for other designs'. The original red and gold fabrics for the costume are pinned to the design. Crossed out names denote that the costume was worn by David Logan, Thane Bettany and Rex Reid. The costume was executed by costume designer and maker St. John Roper.

Price :  £450.00