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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 Queen, 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 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

39.5 × 30.5 cm (15 9/16 × 12 in.)

It is signed

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

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower left: back; upper left: Lacquer Paint black [arrow to hat brim]; upper right: [two lines to hat peaks] these two on front plane / [arrow from hat peak] this one at back; center right: gold (shine); lower right: [arrow to leg] pattern on tights / cloak cape can be used / or not.; in black ink, lower right: Red Queen “Checkmate”

Cite this object as

Drawing, Costume Design: Red Queen, for "Checkmate"; Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on white paper; 39.5 × 30.5 cm (15 9/16 × 12 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-277

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