Costume design for the negro slave in Judith


Costume design for the negro slave in Judith (England, c.1919)

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Watercolour on a postcard
Inscribed 1 of 4 Negro Slaves. They were real negroes and looked superb. - Deep Crow blue black - Veils. Primrose yellow


14.00cm high
8.60cm wide
(5.51 inches high)
(3.39 inches wide)
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Between 1906 and 1931 Ricketts was involved in over fifty productions and for many of these he produced a number of detailed drawings. He became a close friend of George Bernard Shaw while working on The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, and Shaw wrote of “the noble and generous Ricketts, a natural aristocrat as well as a genius and devoted artist.”

Other productions which Ricketts worked on included Herbert Trench’s King Lear, Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Cecil Lewis’ Montezuma, and his costumes for the D’Oyly Carte’s Mikado were still being used until the company closed in the early 1980’s.

The present costume design was for the negro slave Mira from Arnold Bennett’s Judith of 1919. Other designs for this same production are now in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the National Art Collections Fund.