[Percy Anderson, painter and D'Oyly Carte stage designer.] Autograph Letter Signed to Cecil H. Broadhurst, regarding the 'tremendously fantastic' dresses he has designed for Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree's production of 'Joan of Arc'.

Percy Anderson (1851-1928), painter and stage designer with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree [Cecil Herbert Broadhurst (1866-1934); Gilbert and Sullivan]
Publication details: 
6 October 1913; on letterhead of 55 York Terrace, Regent's Park, N.W.
SKU: 22246

2pp, 12mo; and 1p, 8vo. On a bifolium, with the 8vo page written lengthwise across the central pages. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Folded twice. Signed 'Percy Anderson.' According to a pencil note Broadhurst was Beerbohm Tree's 'press agent'. He has received Broadhurst's letter late the same night, and begins by informing him that he cannot go to Covent Garden the following day as he will be with a sitter. He continues: 'As I implied to you in my last letter it seems almost impossible for me to give you details of the costumes to be worn in “Joan of Arc.” | Period Charles XII of France ( he reigned from 1403 to 1461.) The dresses are of necessity tremendously fantastic & in designing them I have endeavoured to make them historically correct. Therefore what else can I say about them?' Were the dresses 'fanciful' it would be easy for Anderson to describe them, but 'as it is they must be rather on conventional lines'. He concludes: 'I hate to appear discourteous & if I cld. be of any use to you or to Mr. Eyles I wld. but I think you will readily understand the difficulty'.