Robert Colquhoun

Albany (Costume Design for 'King Lear')

About this artwork

In 1953, Colquhoun was commissioned to design the costumes and sets for George Devine’s production of King Lear at Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Colquhoun’s spare, almost abstract set design, which contrasted with the vivid colour and rich fabrics of his costumes, received mixed reactions from the press. This costume sketch is for the Duke of Albany, who is married to Lear’s eldest daughter, Goneril. It is Albany who finally restores peace to the kingdom after realising the treachery of his wife and her sister.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Albany (Costume Design for 'King Lear')
  • date created:
    1953
  • materials:
    Gouache and pencil on paper, mounted on board
  • measurements:
    (Paper: 38.00 x 25.60 cm) (Mounted on board: 49.50 x 30.60 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Estate of the Rev. Professor Moelwyn Merchant 1998
  • accession number:
    GMA 4218
  • gallery:
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Robert Colquhoun

Robert Colquhoun