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Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, printed)

  • Date:

    1915 (printed)
    1915 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequest of Vivian Ellis

  • Museum number:

    S.1312-2012

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This poster is undated but may have been produced to advertise the famous beauty Gaby Deslys at London's Alhambra Theatre in 1915 where she appeared with Robert Hale, Phyllis Monkman and Beatrice Lillie in Andre Charlot's revue 5064 Gerrard. The style of the costume worn by Gaby Deslys on the poster reflects some of the elegant costumes designed for the production by the French Art Nouveau painter and theatre designer Georges de Feure (1868-1943).

By 1915 the French actress, singer and dancer Gaby Deslys (1881-1920) was already a star on Broadway where the dance The Gaby Glide was created in her honour. She made her London debut in 1906 as The Charm of Paris in the musical comedy The New Aladdinat the Gaiety Theatre, and had appeared at the Alhambra in March 1910 as Suzette in Les Caprices de Suzette. Andre Charlot wanted to include her in his 1915 revue, named after the box office telephone number of the Alhambra Theatre, but from 29 March 1915 she appeared at the Duke of York's Theatre and then on tour in J.M. Barrie's revue Rosy Rapture, the Pride of the Beauty Chorus. When 5064 Gerrard opened in March 1915 audiences had to be content with an impersonation of her by the comedian Robert Hale, dancing with Jack Morrison as J.M. Barrie in a kilt, but to Charlot's delight Deslys joined the cast in June.

Physical description

Pictorial colour lithograph featuring an image of Gaby Deslys dressed in an orange and cream robe and wearing a large, ostrich feathered picture hat. She stands in front of a dressing table on which is a bowl of lilies and a powder puff. Her signature appears in white lettering, lower left, and the name of the artist, Palmer-Jones, appears on a gold and black hatbox which is standing on the floor, lower right.

Place of Origin

London (probably, printed)

Date

1915 (printed)
1915 (made)

Artist/maker

David Allen & Sons Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper

Dimensions

Height: 74.6 cm poster, Width: 47.5 cm poster

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Gaby Deslys (1881-1920) at the Alhambra Theatre, 1915. Colour lithograph by Palmer-Jones printed by David Allen & Sons.

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Lithography

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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