Poster – Walter Crane's Allegorical Masque 'Queen Summer'
Dorothy Kate Richmond
Produced in 1908 by Dorothy Kate Richmond this poster advertises a Wellington performance of British artist and illustrator Walter Crane’s epic 1891 poem, ‘Queen Summer – or the Tourney of the Lily and the Rose’.
Richmond’s poster advertises a theatrical performance organised by, and starring, Wellington Technical School staff member and artist Sybil Johnson (later Mrs James. A. Hannah). Johnson played Queen Summer in the perfromance and may have modelled for this poster.
The poster was shown at MacGregor Wright and Company’s Art Gallery on Lambton Quay, Wellington, where tickets to the performance were on sale. The performance took place at 7.30pm on 12 and 13 June 1908 and was a fund-raiser for the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Free Art Gallery. Richmond was on the fund-raising committee.
While Richmond was known more for her still life paintings, landscapes, and portraits, commercial work like this was consistent with her earlier involvement with the Arts and Crafts Movement in New Zealand, where beauty and industry were perceived as being intensely interrelated.
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