- Frederick Walker 1840–1875
- Gouache on paper
- Support: 2172 x 1289 mm
- Presented by Sir Claude Phillips in memory of his sister Eugenie Phillips 1906
This life-sized poster is one of the first examples of a fine artist undertaking an advertisement. It was made for Wilkie Collins’s ‘sensation’ play The Woman in White, which opened at the Olympic Theatre, London in October 1871. It combines a Pre-Raphaelite-style beauty with black and white graphic design. Sweeping lines pull the viewer’s eye to the woman’s mysterious and inviting expression.
Gallery label, October 2013
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