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Costume, Black Queen for Checkmate

This is a Costume. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. It is dated designed 1947, made 2020. Its medium is costume. It is a part of the department.


In 1937, the British Council chose Checkmate to represent the best of British modern art and culture at the International Exhibition in Paris, and the production continued to travel. The outbreak of war interrupted this tour, forcing the company to return to England in 1940 and abandon the costumes and sets. Kauffer redesigned them for a revival in London in 1947. Checkmate has since been staged around the world and is still produced today.

It is credited The Sarasota Ballet.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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