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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1963

  • We acquired this object.

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Drawing, Costume Design: Red King, for "Checkmate"

This is a Drawing. It was music composed by Arthur Bliss and designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer and production directed by Ninette de Valois and made for (as the client) The Royal Opera House. It is dated ca. 1947 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is brush and gouache, graphite on heavy white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was donated by Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is credited Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.

Its dimensions are

40.7 × 30.5 cm (16 × 12 in.)

It is signed

Signed in black ink, lower right: E. Mcknight Kauffer

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower left: [line to cape] cape - pwrt of breast fold / starting from right / hand shoulder— / looking straight on / Discs and belt of / brass - anyway / very bright - light / catching; upper center: [arrow to crown] round; upper right: [sketch of rear view of costume] back-half cape; lower right: [arrow from skirt] part of the skirt / goes round half in back; in black ink, lower right: King - “Checkmate”

Cite this object as

Drawing, Costume Design: Red King, for "Checkmate"; Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on heavy white paper; 40.7 × 30.5 cm (16 × 12 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-276

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