Richard MacDonald Production Gouache for “The Day Of the Locust” 1974 P1298

Richard MacDonald was a storied production designer, and, as this terrific gouache attests, a very fine painter. Executed for the 1975 film of The Day of the Locust, this production sketch for the film’s set design captures the scene of a premiere at Grauman’s and the atmosphere of 1930s Movieland with the very mixture of romance and realism that Schlesinger’s film attempted. Glamorous, noir and melancholy. From the private collection of legendary producer, and all-round macher, Si Litvinoff.

Gouache on illustration board, 11″ x 15″. We have, for your pleasure, included pictures of the scene as seen in the movie in the listing.

Price on request.

Price on request.

Richard MacDonald (1919-1993) English production designer, trained at the Royal College of Art. He was head of painting at the Leeds College and Camberwell School of Art. He worked in TV advertising from 1955 to 1965. A chance meeting with the director Joseph Losey prompted him to undertake film work from the mid-1960’s. The list of classic films he designed includes The Servant, Secret Ceremony, Modesty Blaise, Far from the Madding Crowd, Jesus Christ Superstar right up to The Addams Family.  His paintings have been exhibited at galleries in London.