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1937

  • Work on this object began.

1947

  • Work on this object ended.

1963

  • We acquired this object.

2013

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2022

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Drawing, Stage Design: Study for Backdrop, for "Checkmate"

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

Its dimensions are

23 × 30.1 cm (9 1/16 × 11 7/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, upper right: Backcloth for "Checkmate"

Cite this object as

Drawing, Stage Design: Study for Backdrop, for "Checkmate"; Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); USA; brush and gouache, graphite on white paper; 23 × 30.1 cm (9 1/16 × 11 7/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-273

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