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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1963

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Drawing, Stage Design: Prologue Backdrop, for "Checkmate", 1947

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 1947 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is brush and gouache on cream 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

34 × 54.5 cm (13 3/8 × 21 7/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in light blue gouache, lower right: E. McKnight Kauffer '47

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, upper center: TOP; upper left: 23

Cite this object as

Drawing, Stage Design: Prologue Backdrop, for "Checkmate", 1947; Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); USA; brush and gouache on cream paper; 34 × 54.5 cm (13 3/8 × 21 7/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-271

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