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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940 - ca. 1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen ink and wash on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by K. D. and E. F. Law

  • Museum number:

    E.191-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 189

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999) worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland Advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms. His work shows the range of products and illustration styles, from aeroplanes and cars, beer and perfume, to satirical cartoons and calendar pin-up girls and is representative of the post war boom in advertising during the late 1940s and 1950s.

This drawing in pen and ink shows two women in a bedroom wearing underwear. The figure on the right is seated on a bed with a cigarette in her right hand while the woman on the left stands in front of her talking. The figure types of these two women, with their thin high eyebrows, defined lips, long faces and long willowy bodies follow the style of fashion illustration in the 1940s. Illustrations such as this would probably have been used to advertise lingerie.

Physical description

Black and white image of two woman with styled hair (one blond, one brunette) in lingerie, stockings and high heels in a fashionable interior, possibly a boutique dressing room. The brunette is sitting on a bed and holding a cigarette in her right hand; the blond is standing up holding a garment and talking to the other woman. The interior features striped bedspread, french windows, a standard lamp, cabinet, plant and plant stand, and large pouffe cushion. Garments, one fur lie on the bed either side of the seated woman.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1940 - ca. 1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen ink and wash on card

Marks and inscriptions

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Artist signature, lower right

LECHERTIER BARBE LTD. / Fashion Board . / MATT SURFACE. [available sizes] / 95 JERMYM STREET, LONDON, S.W.I.
On label stuck to back of card.

Dimensions

Height: 37.9 cm, Width: 26.6 cm

Historical context note

Wilfrid R. Addey worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms.

Descriptive line

Drawing in pen and ink and wash, of women in a dressing room, by Wilfrid R. Addey; British, ca. 1940 - ca. 1950

Materials

Pen and ink; Wash; Card

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Plant stands; Plant pot; Women; Smoker; Pants; Bra; Floor lamps; Stockings; Pouffes; Bed; Stiletto shoes; Cigarette; Camisole; Cabinet

Categories

Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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