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Finding Aid for the Charles Ricketts Collection 1888-1931
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Series 1. Theater Design 1909-1916

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains costume designs created by Charles Ricketts, primarily for Arnold Bennett's production of the play "Judith."

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Location Ricketts Art Drawer, Folder 1

Three costume designs for Lillah McCarthy in Arnold Bennett's, "Judith" 1909

Physical Description: 3 drawings: watercolor and pencil; images 20 x 12 in., 16 x 12 in., and 22 x 12 in., unframed.

Scope and Content Note

1. Judith under dress 2. Judith 3. Petunia, panel satin. Includes board from original frame with exhibition labels. From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Location Ricketts Art Drawer, Folder 2

Slave costume for the play "Judith" 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil; 16 x 12 in., mounted to 25 x 20 in.

Scope and Content Note

Sketch is either for the Arnold Bennett or T. Sturge Moore version of "Judith". Both versions were designed and dressed by Ricketts. Exhibited at Royal Academy commemorative exhibit 1932-1933.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 1

Sketch of a woman's costume design showing front and back probably 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and ink on "Lansdowne House" letterhead paper; image 10 x 8 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

Designed for Lillah McCarthy, possibly for Arnold Bennett's "Judith." From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Box 1, Folder 2

"Negro Attendant" costume 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil. Portraying a semi-naked figure with amulets, orange head-dress and fan. Title in Ricketts' hand. 16 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

For Arnold Bennett's "Judith." From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Box 1, Folder 3

Costume for English actress Penelope Wheeler 1916

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil. 16 x 11 in, mounted to 22 x 17 1/2 in.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
 

Series 2. Artwork/ Illustration 1888-1931

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains original artwork created by Charles Ricketts. This includes drawings, lithographs and one sculpture. The sculpture was created as a memorial to Oscar Wilde after his death.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, Folder 4

The Story of Pan probably 1888

Physical Description: 2 illustrations: pen and ink wash heightened with chinese wash. 5 x 5 in. each, mounted together in 19 x 11 in. board.

Scope and Content Note

From the W. Graham Robertson collection.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 5

The Lover Despairing to Attain circa 1889

Physical Description: 1. Original drawing: pen and ink. 10 1/2 x 8 in. 2. An example of the published page.

Scope and Content Note

Drawn for "The Magazine of Art."

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 6

Untitled illustration for The Magazine of Art probably 1900

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink; 10 1/2 x 8 in., mounted to 18 x 14 1/4 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

For "The Magazine of Art."

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 7

Finis circa 1900-1931

Physical Description: Original lithograph in black and white, portraying figure of Death. 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. mounted to 20 x 15 1/4 in.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009
Location Framed Artwork

Immanent Will, or It 1914

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 23 1/2 x 18 in., in wood frame 27 x 20 1/2 in.

Scope and Content Note

Original poster advertising Harley Granville-Barker's production of Thomas Hardy's, The Dynasts. Includes Thomas Hardy's signature.
Location South Bookroom

Silence 1905

Physical Description: 1 statuette: bronze; 14 in. tall

Scope and Content Note

Statue created as a memorial to Oscar Wilde after his death.
 

Series 3. Book Design 1892-1894

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains things related to book designs created by Charles Ricketts for commercial publishers. This includes cover proofs and illustrations for editions of Oscar Wilde's work.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, Folder 8

Proof designs for an edition of Oscar Wilde's "Poems" 1892

Physical Description: 3 items: 1. Proof of cover design: gilt on binding cloth; 11 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. 2. Rough pull of earlier design in red; ink on paper. 3. Prospectus

Scope and Content Note

The rough pull in red is from the collection of C. Elkin Mathews.
Box 1, Folder 9

On the reedy banks 1894

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink on pink paper; image 8 x 6 in.

Scope and Content Note

Original drawing for Oscar Wilde's, The Sphinx. Illustration #5 as appears in book.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009
Box 1, Folder 10

The burden of the cross 1894

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink on vellum, 4 colors; 8 1/2 x 6 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

Illustration for Oscar Wilde's, The Sphinx. This was not used in the final publication.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
 

Series 4. Vale Publications 1893

Physical Description: 32 items, 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material created and published by Charles Ricketts and Charles H. Shannon prior to the formal creation of the Vale Press (1896-1904). This includes a series of woodcut proof prints for an edition of the George Thornley translation of Daphnis & Chloe.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in order of plate number.
Box 2-3

Daphnis and Chloe 1893

Physical Description: 32 prints: black and white woodcuts; various sizes, mounted to 12 1/2 x 19 in.

Scope and Content Note

Partial set of signed and annotated trial proofs (32 of a set of 37) by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon for Vale Publications' edition of the George Thornley translation (1657) of Daphnis & Chloe. Includes proofs of plates 1-4, 6-25, 28-33, 36-37.

Note

Accession #'s: MS.1965.003-plates 1, 2, 4, 10-13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 28, 31, 37; MS.1968.009-plates 7, 14, 17, 22, 25, 32; MS.1968.010-plates 3, 9, 19, 21, 23, 33; MS.1969.001-plates 6, 8, 24, 29, 30, 36
 

Series 5. Miscellaneous Material Relating to Charles Ricketts

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material and ephemera created about or as a tribute to Charles Ricketts.
Box 1, Folder 11

Guests at Daphnis & Chloe's Wedding Feast undated

Physical Description: 2 prints: black & white, red print on paper

Scope and Content Note

Printed by Harold Seeger and Albert Sperisen for members of the Roxburghe Club.
Box 1, Folder 11

An Exhibition of Books Designed by Charles Ricketts from the Collection of A.E. Gallatin 1946

Physical Description: 1 pamphlet: black & white

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition brochure from The Houghton Library at Harvard University.