Landsdowne House Holland Park, , London, England CALMG : 1949.125.59 print

Costume design for Bellengere; The Death of Tintagiles 1912 by Charles Ricketts.

The design shows a female figure in dramatic attitude with arms upraised, her long hair held loosely back by a black cap with rosette at the ear.  She wears a sleeveless gown with stencilled pattern and panels at the waist over a plain bodice. This costume was for a play written by Maurice Maeterlinck and produced by Harley Granville-Barker at St James’ Theatre, London, 17 December 1912 and at the Savoy Theatre, London. Ricketts designed the costumes and added instructions to the costume maker: “Black velvet sewn with pearls. This must be very heavy and sewn onto the dress. Use silver satin for metal plaques, velvet skin-tight. Panel stencilled in black on silver satin.” Gordon Bottomley purchased this design from Lillah McCarthy, the wife of Harley Granville-Barker.

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