Visitors to the British Museum

Elinor Pugh

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery
Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

These sketches of elegant passers by on a day out to the British Museum demonstrate Elinor Pugh's keen eye for fashion and clothing design. The V&A collections contain a number of theatrical costume designs Pugh created for the D'Oyly Carte Theatre Company, to which she had a family connection through her cousin, the director Richard D'Oyly Carte. The company was based at the Savoy Theatre and produced a number of Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. These drawings, though not specifically for any design, show her interest in the construction and details of the garments worn by everyday people.


  • Title: Visitors to the British Museum
  • Creator: Elinor Pugh
  • Type: drawing
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Object Number: D266e
  • Medium: Pencil on paper
  • Credit line: Miss Elinor Pugh bequest, 1963

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