Original set designs and theatre poster for 'The Blue Bird' by Frederick Cayley Robinson

A group of seven stage set designs and one poster design for Maurice Maeterlinck's 'fairy play', The Blue Bird which premiered at the Haymarket Theatre in December 1909.


Watercolour, coloured chalks & gouache on paper
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £80,000)
Acquired in:
Christopher Wood

Robinson was responsible for the poster, and the set designs were divided between him and Sime. Critics enthused not only about the play - a charming allegorical fantasy for children - but also about the sets and costumes, praised as 'almost divine in their symphonic loveliness of colour and design'.

Artists include


Haymarket Theatre collection.

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Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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