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Drawing - Design for a magazine illustration
  • Design for a magazine illustration
    Dryden, Ernst, born 1883 - died 1938
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Design for a magazine illustration

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1932-1933 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dryden, Ernst, born 1883 - died 1938 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and collage of fabric samples

  • Credit Line:

    Image reproduced courtesy of the Ernst Dryden Collection

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 10D

This drawing is the original artwork for a feature on blouses in the German women’s magazine Die Dame. It was made by Ernest Dryden in about 1932-1933. Dryden was both a fashion designer and a fashion illustrator. The drawing includes seven blouses, lettering suggestions and instructions to the printer. The boards in the models’ hands describe the intended fabrics in detail. In fact they contain pieces of real dress fabric. Today this provides a good opportunity to study a selection of unfaded 1930s textiles. However, Dryden affixed them for a practical reason: to help the printer achieve the most accurate colour match when he came to reproduce the drawing on the printed page. Little of their texture or depth of colour would have been conveyed in the final, printed magazine version.

Physical description

Drawing of six women wearing blouses and 'BLUSEN' inscribed in pencil down the middle. Fabric samples are attached. Inscribed in pencil along the bottom.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


ca. 1932-1933 (made)


Dryden, Ernst, born 1883 - died 1938 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and collage of fabric samples

Marks and inscriptions

Within the design; Handwriting; Red pencil

I. S. Kauf 38 cm hoch einfarbig sehr sauber [?]atzen! Katz die farben sollen zu bleiben
I.S. purchase 38 cm high, one colour very cleanly fed Katz the colour should stay
Along the bottom; Handwriting; Pencil


Height: 58.7 cm, Width: 40.3 cm

Descriptive line

Design drawing for a feature on blouses in a German women's magazine, by Ernest Dryden, about 1932-33

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

'Divinely elegant : the world of Ernst Dryden', Anthony Lipmann, Pavilion, 1989


Pencil; Watercolour; Coloured pencil; Fabric; Paper


Drawing; Collage

Subjects depicted

Fashion; Advertising; Fashion illustration; Women; Blouses; Illustration; Layout


Advertising; Day wear; Fashion; Textiles


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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