Featured Image: Drawing, Stage Design: Backdrop, for Checkmate, ca. 1947; Designed by E. McKnight Kauffer (American, 1890–1954); Designed for the Royal Opera House (London, England); Produced and choreographed by Ninette de Valois (Irish, 1898–2001); Music composed by Arthur Bliss (British, 1891–1975); Brush and gouache; 35.4 × 54.6 cm (13 15/16 × 21 1/2 in.); Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer, 1963-39-272; Photo: Matt Flynn © Smithsonian Institution

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