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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1963

  • We acquired this object.

2013

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Drawing, Stage Design: Chessboard, 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, pen and black ink 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

29 × 25.2 cm (11 7/16 × 9 15/16 in.)

It is signed

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

It is inscribed

Inscribed in black ink, left margin: [arrow to table] Love's side; right margin: [arrow to table] Death's side; lower right: Checkmate- Prologue

Cite this object as

Drawing, Stage Design: Chessboard, for "Checkmate"; Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); USA; brush and gouache, graphite, pen and black ink on white paper; 29 × 25.2 cm (11 7/16 × 9 15/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-283

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