Four Elegant Period Costume Designs
Félix de Gray, French: c. 1920s
Felix de Gray, original costume design

Ealinor, No. 4
Inscription lower left: Argent et bleu tourquoise pale acier-mauves-rose-verts.
[Silver and pale turquoise blue, steel-mauves-pink-greens.]
14.5 x 10.25 inches, overall

Felix de Gray, original costume design

Lino, No. 19
Inscription lower left: Porte l'épée. Manchettes et jabot en dentelle.
[Carries a sword. Cuffs and jabot in lace.]
12.25 x 9.5 inches, overall

Felix de Gray, original costume design

(Untitled), No. 24
Inscriptions: Seul le corsage avec roses brodées. Trois tons de mauve-[illegible] l'echantillon. Roses: rose-thé. Vert veronèse. Dentelles argent. rubans in paillettes d'argent. chaussures: rose-thé, talons: argent.
[Only the bodice with embroidered roses. Three shades of mauve [illegible] sample. Roses: tea rose. Veronese green. Silver lace. ribbons in silver sequins. Shoes: tea rose, heels: silver.]
15 x 10 inches, overall

Felix de Gray, original costume design

Dominica, une governeuse, No. 20
Inscriptions: Une gouvernante. Gris-bleus, vieil or-mauve.
[A governess. Gray-blues, old gold-mauve.]
13.75 x 10 inches, overall

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Details

Felix de Gray signature

Signature

Félix de Gray (born 1889)
Four Costume Designs
French: c. 1920s
Watercolor and pencil on paper
All signed by the artist and numbered in pencil lower right
14 x 10 inches, overall average approximate size
$550 each

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.

Reference:

Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.  France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 4, p. 401.