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My White Bicycle

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (artist)
    Waymouth, Nigel (artist)
    Hapshash and the Coloured Coat (artist)
    Parlophone (issued by)
    Osiris Agency Ltd. (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silkscreen screenprint

  • Museum number:

    E.1701-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR52, box CONS

Physical description

Psychedelic poster. Black and silver on white.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

English, Michael, born 1941 - died 2009 (artist)
Waymouth, Nigel (artist)
Hapshash and the Coloured Coat (artist)
Parlophone (issued by)
Osiris Agency Ltd. (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Silkscreen screenprint

Dimensions

Height: 750 mm, Width: 496 mm

Object history note

Poster advertsing a record recorded by the group Tomorrow for Parlophone. Published by the Osiris Agency, London.

Descriptive line

Psychedelic poster by Hapshash and the Coloured Coat (Michael English and Nigel Waymouth) entitled 'My White Bicycle', promoting a single by the band Tomorrow, issued by Parlophone. Great Britain, 1967.

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

Christoph Grunberg, ed. Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era London: Tate, 2005. 239 p. : ill. (some col.) ISBN: 1854375954.
Philippe Thiébaut, ed. Art Nouveau Revival Paris: Musee d'Orsay, 2009. ISBN: 978-2-35433-040-8.

Labels and date

"Michael English (born 1942) and Nigel Waymouth (born 1941)
My White Bicycle by Tomorrow. Poster promoting a single issued by Parlophone
1967
Published by Osiris Agency Ltd.
Screenprint
E.1701-1991

Commissioned by the manager of Tomorrow, Hapshash designed this image fro Tomorrow's first single in the back room of the Indica bookshop. The White Bicycle was a reference to the Amsterdam Provos' establishment of a free method of transport around the city in the form of white bicycles which could be used by anyone. IT reported how EMI would not allow the use of this image to advertise the record because of the nude breasts of the female figure.
Tomorrow were also memorable to the Underground for playing on the night of the Rolling Stones' bust when spontaneously the UFO crowd decided to picket the offices of The News of the World, who were thought to be behind the bust. After the march, where police dogs had been unleashed, the crowd returned to UFO and Tomorrow gave one of their best performances to a packed audience. In general, the crowd at UFO encouraged some of the band's wildest and most adventurous improvisations."

Text by Julia Bigham []

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Screenprint; Printing

Subjects depicted

Cyclists; Free; Bicycles; Psychedelic art

Categories

Prints; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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