The Many Talents of Peter Cushing

An Amazing Talent

Amazing Talents of Peter Cushing
Self Portrait

Peter Cushing, one of England’s most well loved and talented actors, was also a brilliant artist, costume designer and model maker. The following examples of his work (courtesy of Wayne Kinsey) show what an amazing all-round talent he was.

Peter Cushing – Artist

A very accomplished artist, Peter’s preferred medium was water-colour.

Cottage at Winchelsea

Whitstable Harbour

Cattle in a Landscape

In addition to land and sea scapes his work included birds and pencil sketches – and Frankinstein’s Monster.

Mute Swan

Frankenstein’s Monster

Pencil Sketch

Costume Design

An example of Peter’s 1930’s evening ware designs.

Cartoon Messages

Peter would draw cartoon messages to his wife, Helen.

Model Theatres

Peter made intricate model theatre scenes, each one taking about a year to complete. These could be inserted into a model stage, complete with lighting.

Tudor Profiles

Peter was frequent visitor the the Tudor Tea Rooms in Whitstable where he would draw caricatures of people on other tables.

Scarves and Jewellery

In addition to pursuing his love of art and painting, he designed and sold hand-painted scarfs, and made costume jewellery for Helen.

Dickens Character Scarf

Making Jewellery

Helen wearing Peter’s Earrings

Model Soldiers

Peter’s love of miniature models would last his entire life, during which he amassed a collection of over 5,000 individual models of soldiers, trains, trees and landscape, horses, castles, etc., all historically accurate and painted by hand. He would spend hours playing war games according to the rules outlined in H.G.Wells’ book ‘Little Wars’. He also created a model display to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with his model figures.

Setting the scene
Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation display
Script Writing

Although few of Peter’s scripts remain, his attention to detail is evident, as with everything he turned his hand to. He wrote an alternative script for Hammer’s 1961 film “Captain Clegg”, based on the first two Thorndyke books, Dr Syn on the High Seas and Dr Syn Returns. Producer John Temple-Smith said “… there was never any question of Hammer using this script or any part of it: using anything from Dr Syn on the High Seas would have dropped us straight into Disney’s net.

The Peter Cushing Scrapbook

Many thanks to Wayne Kinsey of Peveril Publishing for allowing us to include images from ‘The Peter Cushing Scrapbook‘. Published to celebrate his centenary, this unique limited edition pictorial book, packed with Cushing memorabilia, showcases his private and professional life and is a must for any Peter Cushing fan.

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