The Woman in White

Block cut by William Harcourt Hooper British
After Frederick Walker British

Not on view

Walker designed this poster for Wilkie Collins's "The Woman in White," staged at the Olympic Theatre, London in 1871-2. Collins adapted the script from his enormously successful mystery novel published in 1859, and Walker was a friend. Considered the first theatrical poster by a well-known artist, the image represents the actress Anne Catherick swathed in a white cloak, flinging open a church door to step out into a graveyard at night.

The Woman in White, Block cut by William Harcourt Hooper (British, London 1834–1912 London), Wood engraving; proof

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