Sunday, 6 September 2009

Oliver Messel

oliver messel queen of spades
George Szirtes has posted an account in three parts (one, two, three,) of his visit to Whitehaven, where the Rosehill Theatre are celebrating their 50th anniversary with an exhibition of the work of theatre and film designer Oliver Messel.

The above designs by Oliver Messel were for the 1949 film of Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades, reproduced in The Penguin Film Review no. 9 from the same year. Click for an enlargement. There are more Queen of Spades designs in this V&A Oliver Messel article.


Oscar Grillo said...

Wonderful!...In the tail end of the seventies there was an exhibition of film designers in the V&A. It is possibly the best exhibition ever staged in London. It was never repeated. I still have the catalogue.

kellie said...

I envy you - I have the catalogue but never saw the show. Fantastic drawings.