Original Design for Jervis in Judy in Love by Berkeley Sutcliffe


[Berkeley Sutcliffe]

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 costume design for a dapper man's suited outfit was created for the character of Jervis, played by Bill O'Connor in the original casting. The outfit was worn by Jervis in the Room Scene in Act One. The drawing is signed by the artist and features his notations to the design.

Berkeley Sutcliffe. [1952.] Signed in pencil by the artist. Design in pencil, ink and gouache to light blue card; notations around design, 'The Property of Emile Littler' stamp. 383 x 266mm. 0.1kg. . Very good; slight vertical crease, slight creasing and edge wear, occasional pin-holes.