A Comedy of Sighs! by Aubrey Beardsley - 1894
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Aubrey Beardsley : Avenue Theater, A Comedy of Sighs! - 1894
A poster advertising two plays - A Comedy of Sighs by John Todhunter and The Land of Heart's Desire by W. B. Yeats - at the Avenue Theatre, London, for 29 March 1894. Florence Farr, the actress and manager of the Avenue Theatre in 1894, prided herself on her avant-garde taste in theatre design. She commissioned the young illustrator Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898) to design this poster, which doubled as a programme cover illustration. The humourous magazine Punch lampooned its unusual style with a pun on the word 'Avenue' in the name of the theatre: 'Ave a new poster'. - VAM