RICHARD BERKELEY SUTCLIFFE (1918 – 2007): An original vintage costume design for “Her Excellency – Diplomacy”, circa 1949
Richard Berkeley Sutcliffe (1918 – 2007): An original vintage costume design for ‘Her Excellency’, circa 1949. Titled by Berkeley Sutcliffe Her Excellency – Diplomacy.
Featuring a female figure in a white blouse blue skirt on washed turquoise paper.
The design is in watercolour, gouache, pencil and ink. Signed to bottom right in ink “Berkeley Sutcliffe”.
The costume design was created for an unknown character. The design includes ink inscription relating to the fabric.
Dimensions 49cm high x 31cm wide.
Richard Berkeley Sutcliffe (1918 – 1979) was a leading British mid 20thcentury costume and stage designer, in particular for theatrical productions.
Alongside his work for stage and screen, Berkeley Sutcliffe was the Head Designer at Fortnum & Mason. His most famous design whilst working at Fortnum’s was that of the clock, which sits above the Piccadilly shop entrance. The clock, which is now a London landmark, was designed in 1961. The design depicts Messer’s William Fortnum and Hugh Mason appearing from pavilions to inspect their building.
Berkeley Sutcliffe’s work can be found in the collections of the Victoria &Albert Museum, London.
For a costume design from a similar period in Berkeley Sutcliffe’s career see https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O147333/costume-design-by-berkley-sutcliffe-costume-design-sutcliffe-berkeley/
Further works by the artist can be found in our online store RICHARD BERKELEY SUTCLIFFE (1918 – 2007): An original vintage costume design for ‘Her Excellency’, circa 1949.
Her Excellency was a musical play starring Thorley Walters and Cicely Courtneidge, produced for BBC television in 1949. Diplomacy is a song from the show. Berkeley Sutcliffe Her Excellency – Diplomacy title possibly relating to a musical number.
Dimensions: 49cm x 31cm
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Condition Report: In overall excellent condition, handling creases, pin holes to corners, otherwise good (see images).