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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 429

Boris Israelevich Anisfeld costume and set designs


Costume and set designs by the Russian artist and set designer Boris Anisfeld for various plays .


  • 1920-1926 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.25 linear feet (5 portfolio drawers)

Contains costume designs in watercolor and pencil, tempera and pencil, and other media for characters in Snegörotchka, Turandot, Le Roi de LaHore, and unidentified plays. Set designs are in watercolor and pastel as well as pastel and charcoal, for the plays Mefisto, The love of three oranges, and Turandot.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Russia, Anisfeld was a sculptor, painter, and set designer. He studied at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg (1901-1909) and was involved with book design and illustration before changing his course of study to stage design. In 1911, Serge Diaghilev of the Ballet Russe asked him to design the ballet production of Sadko. Anisfeld created designs for the New York Metropolitan Opera, including The Snow Maiden in 1922. He also taught at the Chicago Art Institute.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003MT-127. Gift of Mrs. Otis Chatfield-Taylor, 14 Diving Street, Stonington, Connecticut 06378; received: 1987 December 18.

Anisfeld, Boris Israelevich, 1879-1973. Boris Israelevich Anisfeld costume and set designs, 1920-1926: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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