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A Tonic to the Imagination: Costume Designs for Stage and Screen by B. J. Simmons & Co., 1889-1959
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Pageants & Pantomimes
That particularly English theatrical event, the Christmas pantomime, is well represented in the Simmons collection, either in London productions or those in large cities such as Manchester and Liverpool. The English audience's love of pageantry is also seen in the many historical presentations and patriotic displays which were popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Aladdin

Drury Lane, 1909
Costumes designed by Attilio Comelli

Costume design for Aladdin Detail of costume for Aladdin Detail of costume for Aladdin Costume design for Aladdin

Bury St. Edmunds Pageant, 1907

Costume design for the Bury St. Edmunds Pageant Costume design for the Bury St. Edmunds Pageant

Canterbury Coronation Pageant, 1953

Costume design for the Canterbury Coronation Pageant

Cinderella

Drury Lane, 1895
Costumes designed by Attilio Comelli

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French Peasant Tableau

India Office, London, 1939

Costume design for French Peasant Tableau Clipping for French Peasant Tableau

Pageant of Fair Women

Queen's Hall, London, 1917

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