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Drawing - An Evening party
  • An Evening party
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
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An Evening party

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, ink and wash drawing

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • 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 pen and ink drawing shows the interior of a large entrance hall, possibly of a house or hotel. Men and women are shown in the foreground conversing while in the background, up a staircase, waiters carry trays with bottles of champagne and couples dance. 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. This was probably drawn as an illustration of a high society party for a magazine.

Physical description

Pen, ink and wash drawing of a large entrance hall with people in evening dress standing talking and dancing.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1940s (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen, ink and wash drawing

Marks and inscriptions

Signed in bottom left corner


Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 53.6 cm

Descriptive line

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999). Pen and ink drawing of an evening party. 20th century British School.


Pen and ink; Wash



Subjects depicted

Men; Hall; Women


Drawings; Advertising; Entertainment & Leisure; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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