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Don Quixote

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1895 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pryde, James, born 1869 - died 1941 (artist)
    Nicholson, William Newzam Prior (Sir), born 1872 - died 1949 (artist)
    Beggarstaff Brothers (artists)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Collage

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by J. R. Holliday

  • Museum number:

    E.1208-1927

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case EXP

This poster advertises the one-act play A Chapter from Don Quixote by W. G. Wills at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 4 May 1895. Wills's play was based on episodes in Don Quixote (1605-1615), the famous novel by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). Using their distinctive collage technique, The Beggarstaffs designed three versions of this monumental and sombre poster for a production starring Henry Irving. Their approach was a radical departure for theatrical advertising, and Irving declined to use it, declaring he wanted 'No more mills!' He similarly rejected a later Beggarstaffs' design for the play Robespierre. Although not seen on the hoardings, this poster for A Chapter from Don Quixote was influential through its illustration in various periodicals.

Physical description

'Lyceum - Don Quixote'; Original design for a poster intended to advertise Sir Henry Irving's production of Don Quixote at the Lyceum Theatre, London, but not issued as a poster; Showing Don Quixote seated on a white horse, holding a large staff, with a windmill behind him and text in the top-right corner; Black and brown paper cut out and pasted on white; Signed.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1895 (made)

Artist/maker

Pryde, James, born 1869 - died 1941 (artist)
Nicholson, William Newzam Prior (Sir), born 1872 - died 1949 (artist)
Beggarstaff Brothers (artists)

Materials and Techniques

Collage

Marks and inscriptions

Beggarstaff
Signed.

Dimensions

Height: 1933 mm, Width: 1965 mm, Height: 193 cm from catalogue (see Notes), Width: 196.2 cm from catalogue (see Notes)

Descriptive line

Original design for a poster intended to advertise Sir Henry Irving's production of 'Don Quixote' at the Lyceum Theatre, London, but not issued as a poster; Showing Don Quixote seated on a white horse; Black and brown paper cut out and pasted on white; Signed; By Beggarstaff Brothers; Great Britain; 1895.

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

Livingston, Karen and Parry, Linda, eds International Arts and Crafts. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2005. 368 p., ill. ISBN 1851774459.
Campbell, Colin, Merlin James, Patricia Reed and Sanford Schwartz, eds. The Art of William Nicholson London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2004. ISBN: 1903973457.
Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Collage

Subjects depicted

Horse; Windmills; Man

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters; Theatre; Scotland

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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