The cloak for the ‘Beetle Wing Dress’ for Lady Macbeth
Alice Laura Comyns-Carr, Mrs Joseph Comyns-Carr (1850-1927)
Part of costume (cloak) for the 'Beetle Wing Dress’ for Lady Macbeth, designed by Alice Laura Comyns-Carr and made by Adaline Cort Nettleship, 1888, red velvet lined with blue silk damask. Appliqué 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. The dress is embroidered with iridescent beetle-wing cases and was worn by Ellen Terry (1847–1928) at the opening of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' at the Lyceum Theatre in London in December 1888. Terry’s performance and its powerful visual impact were captured in 1889 in a painting by the artist John Singer Sargent (Tate).
By descent to Edith Craig in 1928; the house and collections were given to the National Trust in 1939.
Makers and roles
Alice Laura Comyns-Carr, Mrs Joseph Comyns-Carr (1850-1927), designer Adaline Cort Nettleship (1856-1932), dressmaker
Sargent and Fashion , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA, 2021 - 2022 Sargent and Fashion , Tate Britain, London, 2021 - 2022