Scope and Content
Title: Collection of Engravings of Theaters and Stage Sets
Date (inclusive): 1643-1763
Collection number: 1699
George Jenkins, 1908-2007
1 oversize box
Abstract: The collection contains 28 engravings of theaters and stage set designs of the 17th and 18th centuries. Artists include Giacomo
Torelli, Caspar Amort, Melchior and Matthäus Küsell, and Daniel Pomerade.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of George Jenkins, March 11, 1992.
Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Megan Hahn Fraser,
[Identification of item], Collection of Engravings of Theaters and Stage Sets (Collection Number 1699). UCLA Library Special
Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
George Clarke Jenkins (1908-2007) was a production designer and art director for both theatrical productions and feature films.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, November 19, ca. 1908-11 (sources vary), Jenkins studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania
(1929-31) and went on to work as an interior and industrial designer (1934-35) and assistant to stage designer Jo Mielziner
(1937-41), before designing for his first Broadway play,
Early To Bed (1943). He continued working on stage plays until 2004. His film credits include
Best Years of Our Lives (1946),
Wait Until Dark (1967),
Klute (1971) and
Presumed Innocent (1990). He also served as art director in charge of experimental color programming at CBS (1953-54) and taught motion picture
design at the University of California, Los Angeles (1985-89). He was nominated for four Tony awards including for his work
Miracle Worker and won an Academy Award for
All the President's Men (1976). He died in 2007.
Scope and Content
The collection contains 28 engravings of theaters and stage set designs. There is a set of four unidentified 17th century
theater designs; two hand-colored stage designs by Giacomo Torelli from the 17th century; Francesco Santurini theater decor
drawings by Caspar Amort, engraved by Melchior Küsell for
Medea Vendicativa (Munich 1662); three engraved plates of Daniel Pomarede showing theaters from
The Universal History (1763); Venus descending among the nymphs by a 17th century Italian engraver; and 14 of a set of 23 plates by Ludovico Bonaccini,
engraved by Matthäus Küsell for
Il Pomo d’Oro (1668).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Theaters --Stage-setting and scenery --Archival resources.
Genres and Forms of Material