Poster design and The Beggarstaffs
June 16, 2009 11:57 AM Subscribe
"Pryde and I came across it one day in an old stable, on a sack of fodder. It is a good, hearty, old English name, and it appealed to us, so we adopted it immediately."
posted by Brandon Blatcher (9 comments total)
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That's how The Beggarstaffs
, a short lived but influential paring of graphic designers, got their name.
The Beggarstaffs were William Nicholson and James Pryde, brothers-in-law who wanted to use their artist talents to get rich at commerical art to fund their private art. While their grand plans for making money didn't work out
, they did create some groundbreaking images as J & W Beggarstaff, such The Beefeater
, Don Quixote
, Kassam Corn Flour
, Rowntree's Elect Cocoa
, Pantomime Poster
and A Trip to Chinatown
After the duo professionally went their ways, both continued working in the arts. Nichlson returned to printmaking, creating the Nicholson Alphabet
, An Almanac of 12 sports
, a poster of Sarah Bernhardt
and various other prints
Pryde returned to painting and did a series of paintings known as the Human Comedy
. He sometimes was an actor and set designer, including the designs for Paul Robeson's Othello run
at the Savoy Theatre.