A group of four costume designs for a play set in Europe in the 18th century, featuring the characters Ealinor; Lino; Dominica, a governess; and an unnamed female character. All of the characters wear powder wigs and are elegantly dressed in high-style formal clothing decorated with embroidery and fancy accents such as lace and silver trim. Each is signed and numbered lower right, titled, and inscribed with detailed color notes.
Félix de Gray was a French portrait painter, illustrator and designer of sets and costumes for the theater. He contributed color illustrations of fairy tales and children's stories in an Art Deco style to the periodicals Illustrated London News, The Tatler and Sketch from at least 1924 to 1933 and also created 12 color illustrations for a 1927 edition of Heinrich Heine's 19th-century novel Florentine Nights.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling, soft creases. Some variation in paper tones between and among each watercolor. One with pin holes and minor rust, upper right margin, perhaps where a swatch was attached. Some with cello or linen tape hinge remnants on backsides, stable and not affecting front. Notes in margins in hand of artist, as issued.
Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 4, p. 401.