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"A Gaiety Girl"

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (issued)

  • Date:

    ca.1893-1899 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.567-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 67, box A

  • Image unavailable

This poster is a colour lithograph. A lithograph is a picture made by printing from a flat surface (traditionally stone, now often a metal plate), on which the artist draws or paints the original design with a greasy substance like chalk. The surface is next prepared, moistened and inked; the greasy printing ink adheres to the design, which is then printed onto a sheet of paper. To make a colour lithograph, a separate printing surface is required for each colour.

Dudley Hardy made his name originally as a painter and illustrator. His bold venture into poster design in the 1890s gave him scope for all sorts of unconventional ideas. Although he was influenced by designers of the French 'artistic' poster, such as Jules Chéret, he developed a characteristically English approach with his simplified style and integrated lettering. After his initial success with a poster nicknamed 'The Yellow Girl', advertising the To-Day magazine, many of his earliest posters were commissioned for theatrical productions by the well-known firm of publishers Waterlow & Sons.

Physical description

"A Gaiety Girl". Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the musical comedy by "Owen Hall” (pseudonym of Jimmy Davis). The design shows a very slim-waisted woman in a long white dress with an oversized collar, trimmed with black lines round the collar and hem and with a black bow tied at her waist. She is wearing a black hat at an angle and holding a cane in her right hand. All set against a red ground, with 'a gaiety girl' lettered in white and 'Prince of Wales Theatre' in black. Signed.

Place of Origin

London, England (issued)

Date

ca.1893-1899 (issued)

Artist/maker

Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

Signed.

Descriptive line

"A Gaiety Girl". Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the musical comedy. The design features a woman in a white dress, set against a red ground. Design by Dudley Hardy. London, England. ca.1893-1899.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
The full text of the entry is as follows:

'HARDY, Dudley (1867-1922)
[...]
“A Gaiety Girl”. Poster advertising a production of the musical comedy performed by George Edwards’ Company, first produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 14 October 1983 [sic 1893] [FP.I.50]. S CL 221 x 99 cm
E.379-1921 fiche 17/A11

“A Gaiety Girl”. Poster advertising a production of the musical comedy by “Owen Hall” (pseudonym of Jimmy Davis), first produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, 14 October 1893 and subsequently at Daly’s Theatre, Leicester Square, 5 June 1899 [FP.I.51.]. S CL 75.7 x 48.2 cm
E.381-1921 fiche 17/A12

Another impression of the above (E.381-1921). S
Circ.567-1962

Another impression of the above with variant lettering (E.381-1921). S
E.728-1959

“A Gaiety Girl”. Poster advertising a production of the musical comedy [FP.I.52] S CL 75.7 x 48.2 cm
E.380-1921 fiche 17/B1'
Malhotra, R. and Thon, C., eds. Das frühe Plakat in Europa und den USA: Ein Bestandskatalog, Band I, Grossbritannien; Vereinigte Staaten von Nordamerika. Berlin. 1973.

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Theatre; Girl; Dress; Hat; Cane

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O1034699
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