THE BLUE LAMP (1950) POSTER, BRITISH
Artist: James Boswell (1906-1971)
Unframed: 152 x 51 cm (60 x 20 in.)
This British drama was directed by Basil Dearden, and stars Jack Warner as PC Dixon, Jimmy Hanley and Dirk Bogarde. The title refers to the blue lanterns that hang outside British police stations to signify them as places of safe refuge. The film inspired the 1955–1976 television series Dixon of Dock Green, where Jack Warner continued in his role as PC Dixon.
James Edward Boswell was one of Britain's foremost satirical and anti-establishment illustrators, and extensive collections of his work are held by The Tate and British Museum. Born and raised in New Zealand, Boswell moved to Britain at the age of nineteen to study at the Royal Academy. He was twice thrown out of the prestigious institution for his radical politics and modern approach to art, but his talent as a great painter was undisputed by his contemporaries. In 1933, he joined the Communist Party and was a founding member of the AIA. Between 1934 and 1938 he was art editor for the Left Review, and his biting illustrations attacked fascism abroad, and over-privileged capitalists at home. He served in Iraq during the Second World War, and his haunting sketch books from this time formed an exhibition at The Tate Britain in 2006. After the war, he continued to work in political and commercial art. He was art editor of Lilliput Magazine from 1947-1950. During this same period he also designed posters for Ealing Studios. Exceptionally rare to find this size British poster, as they were printed in fewer quantities than the regular size poster.
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Linen-backed and unfolded. Excellent condition with the colours remaining very bright. Minor restoration to a tear in the bottom middle of the poster, just extending into the red credit area, which does not affect the main artwork.
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