W.H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection ca. 1650-1993 (bulk 1900-1960).


W.H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection ca. 1650-1993 (bulk 1900-1960).

The bulk of the collection consists of original renderings of costume and scenic designs for plays, operas, ballets, revues, and film, augmented by works of art on paper, costumes, prints, and other materials. Represented in the Artists series are over eighty costume and scenic designers ranging from the Bibienas in the seventeenth century to Jo Mielziner. Though the work of French, British, and Russian artists is present, the emphasis is firmly on twentieth century American designers. Subseries A. Renderings, ca. 1650-1993, contains over 850 study sketches and preliminary and final renderings executed in a variety of media for productions staged in the United States and Europe. Subseries B. Other Materials, 1819-1979, contains materials that relate to specific artists but which are not renderings, such as costumes, ephemera, reproductions of original renderings, and works of art on paper. Notable items include costumes by Léon Bakst and Nicholas Roerich for Ballet Russe productions of Narcisse and Le sacre du printemps, and an Edward Gordon Craig set model. Other designers who are well represented in the Artists series are Percy Anderson, Lemuel Ayers, Luigi Bartezago, Cecil Beaton, Alexandre Benois, Attilio Comelli, Edward Gorey, Archie Gunn, Robert Edmond Jones, Charles Karl, Arch Lauterer, William Henry Mathews, Jo Mielziner, James Reynolds, Nicholas Roerich, Alessandro Sanquirico, Sidney H. Sime, Ernest Stern, and Dolly Tree. The French Music-Hall series contains souvenir programs and original costume and scenic designs. Although many of the renderings are probably from the Folies-Bergère, it is likely that other Parisian venues are represented. The bulk of the series comprises renderings for showgirls' costumes by Ranson, Alec Shanks, and Zig, and scenic designs by Dany. The Toy Theater Prints series contains colorful plates intended for children that show the characters and settings for plays. The bulk of the series consists of prints for over twenty plays that were popular enough in London for British publishers to issue sets of plates as children's versions. Most of these plates were published by Benjamin Pollock, I.J. Dyer and Co., or John Redington. Completing the series are four folders of undated French and German toy theater prints published by Imagerie Pellerin and Verlag J.F. Schreiber. The final series, Sources, contains assorted materials that illustrate popular styles of dress.

4 document boxes, 31 oversize boxes, 18 flat file drawers (16.8 linear feet)





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Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966

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Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) était acteur, metteur en scène, scénographe, graveur et théoricien du théâtre. Il était le fils de l'architecte Edward William Godwin (1833-1886) et de l'actrice Ellen Alice Terry (1848-1928). À sa naissance il s'appelait Edward Godwin Terry ; son nom fut officiellement changé en Edward Wardell en 1878. Il adopta le nom de scène Gordon Craig en 1891, qui fut officialisé par la suite. Edward Gordon Craig was born in England on 16 January 18...

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Stern, Ernst, 1876-1954

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Mathews, William Henry.

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Beaton, Cecil, 1904-1980

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American rare books and manuscripts curator. From the description of W.H. Crain Costume and Scenic Design Collection ca. 1650-1993 (bulk 1900-1960). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 79212500 ...

Ayers, Lemuel

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