A Portfolio of Prints of Gouache Costume Designs
A portfolio of prints of gouache costume designs. Comprised of 18-plates on sheets of watermarked paper. The original designs signed by the artist, Marquis Raoul (Reggie) de Ville*, and rendered for the "Bal de la Victoire". Created on the occasion of the allied victory of 1945. The five plates depicting England, America, China, Russia, and France in allegorical designs with motifs relating to the culture of each nation. A secondary group of plates depict costumes relating to the first group, also with detailed descriptions. Each plate having detailed descriptions in French and English of the costume, hand written by the artist; and many bearing his carte de visite.
*The costume designer Reggie de Ville was involved in an infamous investigation after the overdose of a well-known actress Billie Carleton, in 1918, when it was determined that he had procured the drugs that led to her death. The illustrations of costumes with allegorical designs depicting the Allied Nations measure 21 1/2" x 14" each; the accompanying pieces are 19" x 12 1/4".
Design- 1945, Printed 2010