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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. (Commission)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Poster design printed in coloured ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Shirley Chantrell

  • Museum number:

    E.580-2014

  • 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

Poster in colour showing 'Dracula' with both fists raised underneath the title 'DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE', in black and yellow.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1968 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Poster design printed in coloured ink on paper

Dimensions

Height: 74.6 cm, Width: 101.6 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 Chantrell, Film poster for 'Dracula Has Risen From The Grave', 1968

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Printed

Categories

Designs; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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