Oliver Messel: A Biography

  • Oliver Messel: A Biography


    Author: Charles Castle, foreword by Sir John Gielgud

    Publisher: Thames & Hudson, London

Publication date: 1986 (First edition)

Format: Green cloth-bound hardback with dust-jacket. 280 x 235mm

    Pages: 264 pp.

    Condition: Very good, in very good dust jacket; slight wear to jacket, light ruffling at head of spine.


    With 145 illustrations, 20 in colour. Castle's biography of the life and work of Oliver Messel. The book examines Messel's set and costume designs for theatre, ballet, opera and film, generously illustrating his work with archival photographs. It also looks at his personal life and his interior decoration in Barbados and Mustique. The text is based extensively on autobiographical notes Messel left at the time of his death and is bolstered by contributions from friends, family and colleagues.