Costume for 'Lady Macbeth' in MACBETH (Beetle wing costume)
Alice Laura Comyns-Carr, Mrs Joseph Comyns-Carr (1850-1927)
This red velvet cloak, also designed by Alice Comyns Carr, was originally worn by Ellen Terry for an 1888 production of 'Macbeth' with the infamous beetle wing dress. Appliqué green velvet lions, metallic cord and glass jewels embellish the floor-length garment. Terry, resplendent in the complete ensemble, was the inspiration for John Singer Sargent’s 1889 painting, which today hangs in the Tate Gallery.
Part of costume (cloak) for Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth' Lyceum Theatre, 1888. Designed by Alice Comyns Carr and worn for portrait by Singer Sargeant. Red velvet lined with blue silk damask. Applique green velvet lions embellished with metallic cord, threads and glass jewels. Steel triangular clasp and cording, designed to thread through corresponding ring on dress. Shoulder pads. Associated with dress NT/SMA/TC/114a.
Makers and roles
Alice Laura Comyns-Carr, Mrs Joseph Comyns-Carr (1850-1927), designer
Sargent and Fashion , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2021 - 2022 Sargent and Fashion , Tate Britain, London, 2021 - 2022