Original drawing by Margot Hamilton Hill depicting fashions from the reign of King John, 1210


[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 19 of the book, titled '1210 John'. It illustrates a man with tunic, mantle and hosen, the woman with robe, mantle and head dress. The couple are placed on the ramparts of a castle. 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, 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 - 532 x 420mm; board size - 585 x 473mm; mount size - 635 x 505mm. English. 532 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.