Original drawing by Margot Hamilton Hill depicting fashions from the reign of Henry III, 1260


[Margot Hamilton Hill]

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 23 of the book, titled '1260 Henry III'. It illustrates a man with diagonal-striped tunic and belt, the woman with gown, mantle and head dress. The couple are placed in front of a gothic-style building. 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.

Margot Hamilton Hill. England. [c.1967.] Ink and pencil drawing to ivory paper, with cut-out of the womans face pasted down, corrective strip of matching paper overlaid at upper margin, occasional white corrections, label with page and date indication applied to top left corner; pasted to light brown board, with dark brown mount and backing sheet. Drawing size - 537 x 420mm; board size - 585 x 470mm; mount size - 635 x 505mm. English. 537 x 420mm. 1kg. . Very good; a few light marks to surface of drawing, occasional pencil marks to show working design; remains of tape to verso of mount and board.