|Oliver Messel self portrait at the age of 19?|
|Tilly Losch and chorus in the 'Dance Little Lady' number from Noel Coward's 1928 revue|
|Evelyn Laye in the 'white on white' bedroom set for the Cochran/ Max Reinhardt production of 'Helen' (1932)|
|Messel also designed lavish sets and costumes for Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)|
Now owned by the National Trust it is open to the public, but is a shadow of its former self due to fire damage in 1947. Although there is a 'new' wing designed by Messel.
The year before last they held an extraordinary exhibition there of Messel's work including early programme and set designs for Glyndebourne as well as some exquisite props.
|Statuette of Bacchus in the Penthouse Suite, Dorchester Hotel, decorated by Messel.|
|The Gingerbread House in Barbados designed by Messel .|
|" I attempted to use every device to make as much magic as possible"|