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Furnishing. Bobby & Co., Ltd.

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Margate (printed)

  • Date:

    1924 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brown, F. Gregory, born 1887 - died 1941 (designer)
    Bobby & Co. Ltd., Printers (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.144-1925

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case TABLE

Physical description

'Furnishing. Bobby & Co., Ltd.'; Poster advertising branches of the department store, depicting two armchairs flanking a tall brick chimney-piece, with a small table set with teapot and cups between them; Colour lithograph, flat colours on white background, text in red, dark blue and brown; Signed.

Place of Origin

Margate (printed)

Date

1924 (made)

Artist/maker

Brown, F. Gregory, born 1887 - died 1941 (designer)
Bobby & Co. Ltd., Printers (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'FURNISHING / BOBBY / & CO., LTD / MARGATE, BOURNEMOUTH, EASTBOURNE / FASHION SALONS . AT. MARGATE, CLIFTONVILLE. BOURNEMOUTH, / EXETER, EASTBOURNE, FOLKSTONE, LEAMINGTON, SOUTHPORT, TORQUAY.'

Dimensions

Height: 151.8 cm, Width: 100.7 cm, Height: 151.5 cm Taken from printed catalogue (see below), Width: 100.4 cm Taken from printed catalogue (see below)

Historical context note

Bobby & Co were provincial stores with numerous large shops in the South of England. They stocked medium to high-priced goods and catered for customers who had moved to the new suburban villas and semi-detatched houses of the 1920s. This poster, which appropriately shows a cosy suburban tea (for two), mixes up flashy new Art Deco ideas from Paris, notably in the textiles and lamp shades, with the English Arts and Crafts cottage style in the tea set and the brick chimney-piece, shown hugely enlarged for greater effect.

Gregory Brown was a founding memeber of the Design and Industries Association (DIA), besides being established landscape painter and poster designer; he also designed jazzy abstract patterns for the textile firm of William Foxton. Bobbys launched an extensive poster campaign in 1924-6 following the example of London Underground and Derry & Toms, both of whom has employed Brown. The results were widely admired by contemporary commentators on commercial art.

[Julia Bigham, 'British Design at Home', p.114]

Descriptive line

'Furnishing. Bobby & Co., Ltd.'; Poster advertising branches of the department store, depicting two armchairs flanking a tall brick chimney-piece; Colour lithograph; Signed; By F. Gregory Brown; Printed by Bobby & Co., Ltd. Printers, Margate; Great Britain; 1924.

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

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

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Lamps (lighting devices); Armchairs; Chimney-pieces; Interior design

Categories

ELISE; Prints; Advertising; Furniture; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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