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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1963

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Drawing, Costume Design: Pawn, for "Checkmate", ca. 1947

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer and music composed by Arthur Bliss 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 and catalogued by Virginia McBride and Kristina Parsons. It is credited Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.

Its dimensions are

40.7 × 28.5 cm (16 × 11 1/4 in.)

It is signed

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

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, arrows pointing, upper margin: Brass disc; right wrist: Brass disc; left arm: Brass disc; lower right, markings in graphite detailing variation of this costume; at waist, left: half way round / back / heavy; in black ink, lower right: Pawn- "Checkmate"

Cite this object as

Drawing, Costume Design: Pawn, for "Checkmate", ca. 1947; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on white paper; 40.7 × 28.5 cm (16 × 11 1/4 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-282

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