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[Original Color Costume Sketch for THE MATCHMAKER].
Hollywood. June 1957. Original pencil and watercolor sketch (48.5 x 38 cm ; 20 x 15") on double thick "Studio Illustration" board. Modest wear at tips, several staple marks in left margin, otherwise very good or better. Item #WRCLIT88182
A detailed costume sketch for the character Cornelius Hackel, as played by Tony Perkins in Joseph Anthony's film adaptation of Thornton Wilder's recasting of his 1939 play, THE MERCHANT OF YONKERS. John Michael Hayes wrote the screenplay, and Shirley Booth, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Morse played alongside Perkins. Edith Head designed all the costumes for this film, but this sketch was evidently drawn by an artist working under her in the costume department. The image side bears a number of pencil annotations in several hands about the design and the verso bears a long printed list of detail "Approvals" and estimates for the rental of the costume (dated '5-5-57'). The verso also bears a stylized and somewhat difficult to decipher pencil signature (first name 'Jean'?) dated 6/5/57. The upper right corner of the image side bears a red pencil date '7-8-57' and all of these dates fit precisely into the period of the film's production. The lower right corner of the image side bears penciled initials which have some resemblance to Head's hand (perhaps marking her approval of the sketch?). An uncommon and visually appealing example of Hollywood costume design.