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MS Thr 607

Chasemore, Archibald. Archibald Chasemore costume designs, 1884-1885: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 607
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Chasemore, Archibald.
Title: Archibald Chasemore costume designs,
Date(s): 1884-1885 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Costume designs by English illustrator and designer, Archibald Chasemore.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Source and date unknown.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Archibald Chasemore Costume Designs, 1884-1885 (MS Thr 607). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

William Harry Archibald Chasemore (b.1844), was an English cartoonist, illustrator, and costume designer.


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

104 original costume designs in ink, pencil, and watercolor on board. One series has the boards pasted onto an additional sheet. Most are signed: A. Chasemore. Many have autograph manuscript annotations about the design details. A few designs include fabric swatches.
Designs are for theatrical productions such as pantomimes, burlesques, plays, and ballets, including: Blue Beard, Coppelia, Der Freyschütz, Dick, Forty thieves, Gazelle, Little Jack Sheppard, Mazeppa, Our Helen, Pocahontas, School for scandal, Very little Hamlet, and many others. Productions were staged at London theaters: the Empire Theatre, the Gaiety Theatre, and the Globe Theatre.


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