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Original Antique Art Nouveau French Lithograph 'The New Woman' 1897
This wonderful Original miniature theatre poster was issued in limited edition (1025) for the Les Affiches Illustrees series in Paris between 1896 and 1899.
English Art Nouveau artist Albert Morrow (1863 - 1927) designed this poster for the 1894 production of the new satirical Sydney Grundy play at the London Comedy theatre ~The New Woman.
The heroin is depicted seated amidst an untidy array of old letters, bills and newspapers and there is ~significantly~ a burning cigarette in the foreground. Demonstrating the emergence of the 'New Woman' and her changed attitudes and freedoms.
Signed in the plate and printed by Chaix of Paris the reduced size makes poster collection and display much more manageable and the format was very popular in Paris in the 1890's.
In fine Condition and measuring 12" x 8 1/2" the lithograph is currently under glass for protection, but is being sold unframed. Should you wish to purchase it framed I will be happy to supply the price, details and a photograph. Please email me if you would like more photographs.
Sydney Grundy (1848 - 1914) was an English dramatist best known for his adaptations of European plays which he toured throughout the English speaking world. Best remembered today as the librettist of many comic operas, his adaptation of 'The New Woman' played not only in London but toured Australia and was performed on Broadway in 1894. He featured such greats as Lilly Langtry and Sarah Bernhardt.
Grundy's feminist spoof provoked considerable controversy in the late Victorian cultural spheres and was a resounding success.'The New Woman' is still to be found in the repertoires of currently touring theatre companies.
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