Portrait of John Steiner, who played Aguecheek in 'Twelfth Night' at the Royal Court Theatre in 1968.
Procktor made a number of portraits of actors when working as stage designer for two productions for The Royal Court Theatre in 1968. Antonio and Sebastian and Aguecheek (respectively of the actors Harry Meacher and Malcolm McDowell, and of John Steiner) were drawn during rehearsals for a production of Twelfth Night for which Procktor both designed the set and attired his cast in a combination of Carnaby Street gear and period costume. When designing for Christopher Hampton’s play Total Eclipse, the artist made watercolour portraits of the cast, including that of Victor Henry as Rimbaud (see p. 10).
Patrick Procktor - Works on Paper, Redfern Gallery, London, 2017
Patrick Procktor - Works on Paper, Redfern Gallery, London, 2017, illustrated p.60