Hand painted posters

June 28th, 2010

Every now and again I come across a hand painted poster in the poster collection.  These are almost always painted on the verso of a mass-produced poster.

Some hand painted posters are very detailed; often they are copies of the theatrical poster.

The hand-painted posters in the HFA’s collection are very simple advertisements, some with illustrations, most without.  The example below is typical, showing recto and verso.

The Iron Glove (William Castle, 1954), Leith Poster Collection. Canadian hand-painted on verso of Bitter Victory poster.

Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957). Leith Poster Collection

The Big Sky

The Big Sky (Howard Hawks, 1952) (Leith Poster Collection)

Quentin Durward (Richard Thorpe, 1955) (Leith Poster Collection)

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