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Poster - Dracula Has Risen From the Grave poster design
  • Dracula Has Risen From the Grave poster design
    Chantrell, Thomas
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Dracula Has Risen From the Grave poster design

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chantrell, Thomas (William) (maker)
    Warner Bros.
    Chantrall, Tom (Commission)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Design painted onto paper, title painted seperatly and then with design mounted on card.

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Shirley Chantrell

  • Museum number:

    E.579-2014

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case CC, shelf 4

Thomas William Chantrell (1916-2001) was one of the premier cinema-poster artists of the twentieth century. Without formal training but with a facility for commercial design, he worked as an illustrator for Bateman Artists. In the late 1940s the firm was acquired by the major advertising agent Allardyce Palmer. Chantrell increasingly worked on film accounts and when Allardyce Palmer set up an Entertainments Publicity Division in 1957, Chantrell was its Art Director. In 1965, Allardyce Palmer took on the advertising for Hammer Films. Between 1965 and 1969, Chantrell produced all Hammer’s posters and effectively became their house designer. As well as creating posters for completed Hammer films, his compelling artwork was used to secure funding for speculative titles.

Physical description

Title 'Dracula Has Risen From the Graven' written across top in yellow, then image of Dracula with hands raised fills the middle section of the poster design. Then at the bottom of the design (from left to right) there is a grave, a priest, a young man, a couple in bed, a man gripping onto a woman's shoulder, a woman in a white corset style dress and a male in a long black cloak.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

Chantrell, Thomas (William) (maker)
Warner Bros.
Chantrall, Tom (Commission)

Materials and Techniques

Design painted onto paper, title painted seperatly and then with design mounted on card.

Dimensions

Height: 60.2 cm whole object, Width: 80.6 cm whole object, Height: cm, Width: cm

Object history note

When Chantrell was producing the artwork for Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), he was not supplied with the necessary publicity stills of Christopher Lee. As an interim solution, he used photographs of himself posing in the role as the basis for the design. The distributor announced that the poster was needed immediately and it went to press still featuring Chantrell’s self-portrait.

Descriptive line

Tom Chantrall, poster design for 'Dracula Has Risen From the Grave', 1968

Materials

Paint; Card; Paper

Techniques

Painted; Glued

Categories

Designs; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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