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Cecily Collection

"Cecily: A Theatrical Journey through Time and Art" Step into the world of Cecily, where Theatre, Plays, and Wilde's wit reign supreme

Background imageCecily Collection: The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest at the St Jamess Theatre, London. Gwendolen Fairfax (Miss Irene Vanbrugh) and Worthing; Gwendolen and Cecily (Miss Evelyn Millard); Gwendolen

Background imageCecily Collection: Theatre / Plays / Wilde

Theatre / Plays / Wilde
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Algy, Cecily, John Worthing, Lady Bracknell and Canon Chasuble; at the St James Theatre

Background imageCecily Collection: Cecily Heron, 1526-1527 (1945). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger

Cecily Heron, 1526-1527 (1945). Artist: Hans Holbein the Younger
Cecily Heron, 1526-1527 (1945). Cicely Heron (b.1507), daughter of Sir Thomas More. The drawing is part of the Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle

Background imageCecily Collection: Peggy Ashcroft and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies

Peggy Ashcroft and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
Peggy Ashcroft (1907-1991) appearing as Cecily Cardew and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies (1891-1992) as Gwendolyn Fairfax, in a production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Globe Theatre. Date: 1939

Background imageCecily Collection: The Pearl Girl by Basil Hood; music by Howard Talbot and Hugo Felix

The Pearl Girl by Basil Hood; music by Howard Talbot and Hugo Felix. First produced at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 25 September 1913

Background imageCecily Collection: New fashions for the stage version of the Smart

New fashions for the stage version of the Smart set in Frederick Lonsdales comedy Spring Cleaning, London, 1925 with a range of gowns worn by Edna Best, Nancie Parsons

Background imageCecily Collection: St. Cecilia and Two Angels, 1870s (stained glass)

St. Cecilia and Two Angels, 1870s (stained glass)
MOK120182 St. Cecilia and Two Angels, 1870s (stained glass) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, UK; Martyn O Kelly Photography; English, out of copyright

Background imageCecily Collection: St Cecilia, 15th century (stained glass)

St Cecilia, 15th century (stained glass)
PC84840 St Cecilia, 15th century (stained glass) by English School, (15th century); Church of St Mary & St Nicholas, Wrangle, Lincolnshire, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageCecily Collection: Detail of St. Cecilia, 1870s (stained glass) (detail of 120182)

Detail of St. Cecilia, 1870s (stained glass) (detail of 120182)
MOK120183 Detail of St. Cecilia, 1870s (stained glass) (detail of 120182) by Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833-98); Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, UK; Martyn O Kelly Photography; English

Background imageCecily Collection: Duchess of York, and Princess Margaret of Clarence, c1926. Artist: Herbert Norris

Duchess of York, and Princess Margaret of Clarence, c1926. Artist: Herbert Norris
Duchess of York, and Princess Margaret of Clarence, c1926. Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415-1495) was an English noblewoman, wife of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York

Background imageCecily Collection: Rubbing of a medieval engraved brass, c1490 (1901)

Rubbing of a medieval engraved brass, c1490 (1901). Tomb monument: Pray for the souls of John Wyborne, esquire, and of Cecily and Agnus his wives, which said John died the 16th day of Febuary

Background imageCecily Collection: Evelyn Millard

Evelyn Millard (1869 1941) - English Shakespearean actress, actor-manager and " stage beauty" of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Background imageCecily Collection: Lady Eleanor Clifton

Lady Eleanor Clifton
Lady ELEANOR CECILY CLIFTON, nee Lowther, wife of J Talbot Clifton, looking splendidly like a romantic heroine... Date: ? - 1894

Background imageCecily Collection: Mountbatten wedding 1922 - royal bridesmaids

Mountbatten wedding 1922 - royal bridesmaids
The daughters of Prince and Princess Andrew of Greece, nieces of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who all were bridesmaids at his wedding to Lady Edwina Ashley on 18 July 1922

Background imageCecily Collection: Drawings Prints, Print, St. Cecily, Cecilia, Illustration, Palace, Art, Tennyson s

Drawings Prints, Print, St. Cecily, Cecilia, Illustration, Palace, Art, Tennyson s
Drawings and Prints, Print, St. Cecily / Cecilia (Illustration for The Palace of Art in Tennysons Poems, New York, 1903), Artist, Engraver, After, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dalziel Brothers, British

Background imageCecily Collection: St. Cecilia (oil on canvas)

St. Cecilia (oil on canvas)
XIR227681 St. Cecilia (oil on canvas) by Colombel, Nicolas (1644-1717); 41x24 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageCecily Collection: Rebecca West, born Cecily Isabel Fairfield (1892-1893) British novelist, biographer

Rebecca West, born Cecily Isabel Fairfield (1892-1893) British novelist, biographer, critic and journalist. Her son, Anthony West, was the result of her 10-year love affair with HG Wells (1913-1923)


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"Cecily: A Theatrical Journey through Time and Art" Step into the world of Cecily, where Theatre, Plays, and Wilde's wit reign supreme. Inspired by "The Importance of Being Earnest, " this captivating character has left an indelible mark on stage history. Portrayed by legendary actresses Peggy Ashcroft and Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Cecily Heron came to life in the iconic play. With their exceptional talent, they brought out her charm and innocence that captivated audiences worldwide. Intriguingly enough, a painting from 1526-1527 by Hans Holbein the Younger depicts a young woman named Cecily Heron. Could she have been an inspiration for Wilde's character? The connection between art and literature is truly fascinating. Cecily's allure extended beyond theatre as well. In "The Pearl Girl" by Basil Hood with music composed by Howard Talbot and Hugo Felix, she became a symbol of grace amidst new fashions on stage. Her elegance shone brightly under the spotlight. Even stained glass windows paid homage to Cecily's name throughout history. From St. Cecilia accompanied by two angels in the 1870s to a stunning depiction from the 15th century - her presence was immortalized in these intricate works of art. Not only did Cecily inspire artists but also caught the attention of royalty. The Duchess of York and Princess Margaret of Clarence were portrayed together in a painting from c1926 titled after them; perhaps they saw themselves reflected in her timeless beauty? Lastly, we find ourselves drawn to a medieval engraved brass rubbing dating back to c1490 - another testament to how far-reaching Cecily's influence has been over centuries. Through Theatre, Plays, Wilde's genius wordsmithing, historical artworks, fashion trends on stage – all these fragments come together to weave an enchanting tale around one name: Cecily.