John Armstrong
  • Manuela from The Man Behind the Statue -
    850

    Inscribed with title

    Gouache over pencil, 35 by 17 cm

    Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's estate

    A design for the costume of Manuela for the first production in 1947 of Peter Ustinov's play The Man Behind the Statue about the life Simon Bolivar.

  • Lady with a fan from the Scarlett Pimpernel -
    750

    Gouache over pencil, 37 by 25 cm

    Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's estate

    An original design for a costume for Alexander Korda's great 1934 film The Scarlett Pimpernel in which Leslie Howard took the role of Sir Percy Blakeney. This was one of Armstrong's most successful projects as a designer in the years before the War, forming part of an extremely productive partnership between the artist and Korda.

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