Glyndebourne Shop has created an exquisite, new collection featuring David Hockney’s classic designs from The Rake’s Progress, writes Poppy Squire.
The drop curtain design also features on our Directors Chairs, which are perfect for garden parties, outdoor concerts and are made from sustainable, durable hardwood and finished with teak oil.
Complementing the collection, is a range of prints, cards and stationery produced by local fine art publishers King & McGaw. The range includes a screen print which reproduces Hockney’s ‘Baba the Turk’ poster, seen on stage in Act II of the opera. Also included in the range are postcard packs featuring Hockney’s costume and set designs.
Senior Graphic Designer and Photographer Benedict Stenning has worked on many of King & McGaw’s Glyndebourne prints, and he has a fascinating and purely coincidental personal connection to us. ‘Glyndebourne has played such a huge role in my life’ he explains, ‘My grandfather was Moran Caplat, who was Glyndebourne’s General Manager from 1949 to 1981, and my mother and father both worked and met at Glyndebourne’.
Ben’s mother worked in the press department and his father worked in stage management. Delving into our photography archive has brought Benedict closer to his family history. ‘I have found so many great images of my grandfather in the archive, including an amazing set from the studio conference for The Rake’s Progress, where you can see him talking to David Hockney and [director] John Cox about the designs’. Consequently, this year’s Hockney prints are particularly resonant for Benedict, ‘to be able to work with Glyndebourne is something really special to me’ he adds.