Lot 9
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Motley (Margaret Harris, Sophie Harris and Elizabeth Montgomery Wilmot)

100 - 150 GBP
1,625 GBP
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  • Motley (Margaret Harris, Sophie Harris and Elizabeth Montgomery Wilmot)
  • Costume Design for George Bernard Shaw's The Doctor's Dilemma, Act IV
  • signed, dated 41 and inscribed ACT IV / DARK PURPLE VEL / COAT & SKIRT / LACE BLOUSE / SABLES
  • pencil and gouache on paper


Probably Leicester Galleries, London, where acquired by Vivien Leigh, 16th April 1947


Notley Abbey Inventory, April 1948, p. 27, Principal Landing and Corridors and Staircase to Hall, 'A Water Colour drawing, Lady in Plum colour Skirt, signed Motley, and two others, same artist' (The Vivien Leigh Archive, Victoria & Albert Museum, THM/433/6/1).

Catalogue Note

Motley was a theatre design firm made up of three English designers, sisters Margaret Harris (1904–2000) and Sophie Harris (1900–1966), and Elizabeth Montgomery Wilmot (1902–1993). They achieved great success in designing for both stage and screen, and worked on many of John Gielgud's productions during the 1930s, including his 1935 production of Romeo and Juliet starring Laurence Olivier, who played first Romeo and then Mercutio (exchanging parts with Gielgud) at the New Theatre, London. These three works are costume designs by Motley for Vivien’s part as Jennifer Dubedat in the 1942 production of George Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma, held at the Haymarket Theatre.