Rare Film Posters



Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1946 Charles Crichton Ealing Studios Comedy HUE AND CRY starring Alastair Sim, Harry Fowler, Jack Warner, Jack Lambert, Valerie White, Frederick Piper, Joan Dowling, Vida Hope, Heather Delaine, Douglas Barr, Stanley Escane, Ian Dawson, Gerald Fox, David Simpson, Albert Hughes, John Hudson, David Knox, Jeffrey Sirett and James Crabbe.

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip’s wording each week, unknown to writer and printer.

Poster art by Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989). Edward Bawden was born in Braintree on March 10th, 1903. He studied at the Cambridge School of Art and at the Royal College of Art from 1922 to 1925 under Paul Nash. Bawden’s examinations were in writing and illumination, subjects which must have certainly sowed the seed of his interest in typography and book-making. He took his diploma in book illustration and with Nash’s introductions was immediately commissioned to produce two posters after leaving college. One of these was for an illustrated map poster of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley commissioned by Frank Pick for London Underground. However Bawden’s first proposal was rejected and Pick brought in the more experienced designer Thomas Derrick to design the cartography with Bawden providing the illustrations. In 1928 he provided illustrations for a series of newspaper leisure advertisements for the Underground as a publicity drive. One of the adverts was entitled The Pictures and illustrates a cinema audience watching a film, the text exclaiming the wealth of cinemas in London’s Leicester square and the handiness of Piccadilly Circus station. The same year he and fellow-students Eric Ravilious and Charles Mahoney were commissioned to decorate the walls of Morley College on the Westminster Bridge Road. Bawden continued producing posters for the london Underground up till 1952 when he produced a fine poster produced in two panels to be pasted side by side. The illustrated panel, entitled City was an assemblage of architectural images from the City’s square mile. Amongst his many other clients was the hotel keeper Tom Laughton from Scarborough, brother of Charles Laughton. Bawden had always had a fondness for the Victorian scene and the work in Scarborough had reminded him of boyhood holidays by the sea. He had his first one man show of Essex watercolours at the Zwemmer Galleries in 1934 and was appointed as an official war artist in 1940 serving with the British Army in France. Bawden became a prolific illustrator and graphic designer working freelance for various organizations on posters (Shell, the Westminster Bank), book illustrations, ceramic decorations, wallpaper and textile designs developing his disarmingly simple, but well organized and unique style, sometimes reminiscent of Edward Lear, of whom he was a life-long disciple. A master of all the artist’s crafts he convincingly used mixed media, as with pen and brush, crayon on paint, and quite often using lino-cuts, superimposing one over the other and reproducing them lithographically. He taught graphic design at the Royal College of Art from 1930 to 1940 and again from 1948 to 1953 and was made Royal Designer for Industry in 1948.

Printed by W.E. Berry Ltd., Bradford

The poster is in fine folded condition

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