Original drawing by Margot Hamilton Hill depicting fashions from the reign of George II, 1740


Margot Hamilton Hill.

England. [c.1967.] Ink drawing to ivory paper, with cut-out figures of a man and woman pasted down, occasional white corrections, label with page and date indication applied to top left corner; mounted to light brown board, with loose dark brown mount and backing sheet. Drawing size -540 x 425mm; board size - 585 x 472mm; mount size - 635 x 505mm. English. 540 x 425mm. 1kg. . Very good; a few light marks to surface of drawing, occasional pencil marks to show working design; remains of tape to mounts, not affecting drawing.

Margot Hamilton Hill (later Daniels) was an illustrator, theatre designer, and lecturer on the history of fashion and theatre design. The present ink drawing is a working illustration for the book The Evolution of Fashion. Pattern and Cut from 1066 to 1930, co-written by Hill and Peter A. Bucknell and published by Batsford in 1967. Hill provided 56 full-page drawings for the book, each one depicting accurate trends in male and female historical dress against an appropriate period backdrop. This drawing is reproduced in a reduced-scale on page 123 of the book, titled '1740 George II'. It illustrates a man with wig, frock coat and breeches, the woman with boned bodice and hooped skirt. The couple are placed in front of a typical Georgian terrace on a cobbled square. Hill's working methods can be clearly seen in the artwork; her figures have been cut out and placed onto a new sheet with the background, and white paint has been used for corrections. All 56 drawings, including this work, were exhibited at a selling exhibition at the Grosvenor Gallery, London in November 1967.