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Tom Osborne Robinson theatrical costume design, Macbeth 1938

Stock Code: 1510701698


This very striking design  for the costume of Macduff, in Shakespeare's Macbeth, is by the theatre designer Thomas ("Tom") Osborne Robinson.  The design is in pencil and watercolour and is signed and titled at the top by the artist.

Osborne Robinson (1904-1976) was a larger than life character who worked mainly at the Northampton Derngate theatre, but who also designed for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1938.  Enquiries of the Shakespeare Archive confirms that this costume is very similar to photographs of Macduff from the 1938 production of Macbeth at Stratford which was designed by Osborne Robinson.  Since it is understood that the design Osborne Robinson did for Derngate slightly earlier was very different from the RSC one, this makes it likely that this design was for the 1938 RSC production (which was revived also in 1942 and 1944).

In a used mount a frame, condition generally very good.  Frame 54 x 66cm, picture 33.5 x 45.5 cm inside mount.

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