Porgy and Bess, film production : records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photographs from the film (ca. 1958 - 1962); watercolour sketches, with annotations of costume designs by Irene Sharaff (ca. 1958 - 1962); watercolour sketches, with annotations of film sets by Oliver Smith (ca. 1962); display sheets (ca. 1962); press notices (ca. 1962); publicity handouts (ca. 1962).

Administrative / Biographical History

The film version of George Gershwin's opera, Porgy and Bess, was first shown at the Warner Theatre, Broadway, New York, on 24 June 1959. It was produced by Samuel Goldwyn, directed by Otto Preminger. The costumes were designed by Irene Sharaff and the film sets by Oliver Smith.

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only.

Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

Access to some of the material may be restricted. These restrictions are noted in the catalogue where relevant.

Acquisition Information

Given by Mrs Samuel Goldwyn via Victoria and Albert Museum, Prints, Drawings and Paintings Department, and the Theatre Museum, 1959. Transferred to the Archive of Art and Design, 1991.

Cataloguing supported by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of The David Berg Foundation, New York.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/.

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