PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX
Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1945 Robert Hamer Ealing Studios Drama PINK STRING AND SEALING WAX, based on the play by Roland Pertwee and starring Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns, Gordon Jackson, Mary Merrall, Sally Ann Howes, Jean Ireland, John Carol, Catherine Lacey, Garry Marsh and Frederick Piper.
Robert Hamer’s first full-length film was a late Victorian melodrama, with a puritanical father, a rebellious son, a highly-sexed publican’s wife and a poisoned husband. Googie Withers made the most of her part as the villainess, and the film exhibited the occasional baroque touch.
Poster art by John Piper (1903 – 1992). Born in Epsom, Surrey on 13th December 1903, Piper was educated at Epsom College from 1917 to 1921. He became an unwilling articled clerk to his father’s firm from 1921 to 1926, but entered Richmond School of Art after the death of his father in 1926. He then studied at the Royal College of Art from 1927 to 1929. He began his topographical notebooks of English architecture in the 1920s and illustrated his father’s autobiography in 1925. He had his first exhibition, of wood engravings, at the Arlington Galleries in 1927 and was elected a member of the London group in 1933. He produced his first abstract oil painting in 1935 and the same year became art editor of the avant-garde quarterly, Axis, edited by Myfanwy Evans, whom he married two years later. He produced a leaflet cover and other adverts for Imperial Airways and joined the Group Theatre as a designer with Robert Medley in 1937. The same year John Betjeman commissioned him to illustrate the Shell Guide to Oxfordshire.
During the Second World War he painted bombed churches and other buildings and would have been the ideal choice to produce the poster for Ealing’s The Bells Go Down, a film about the wartime fire service. He was made an official war artist in 1944 and painted shipping and agricultural subjects for the Ministry of War Transport.
After the war he produced a variety of work: murals, stained glass windows, fabric design, scenery and costumes, tapestries, screen prints and lithographs. He is probably best known for his watercolours of landscapes of buildings in England, Wales, France and Italy and is widely recognized as one of the leading neo-romantic painters of the post-war period in Britain.
Printed by Chromoworks Ltd., London N.W.10
The poster is in very good unfolded (rolled) condition with creasing and slight paper loss in the top left corner, a short tear at the left edge and other minor faults. Printed on the reverse of 2 Winston Churchill campaign posters
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