The play was about the Napoleonic Wars, and the main figure on the poster is that of War, a Janus-faced head with a headdress of horns. It holds a scythe in one hand, and on the palm of his other hand is a toga-clad figure, who can be identified as Napoleon. Along the bottom edge of the poster are battle scenes with soldiers and a horse.
|Charles Ricketts, poster for The Dynasts (1914)|
R.L. Purdy, in his bibliography of Thomas Hardy, mentions the performance, but not the poster. He also mentioned a later performance by the Oxford University Dramatic Society at the New Theatre Oxford, 10 to 14 February 1920. For this occasion a new poster had been printed, of which I was not aware when I published my checklist of the books designed by Ricketts and Shannon in 1996. The text for the poster was not in Ricketts's lettering. A copy of this rare poster was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Mrs T.E. Griffits [?] in 1958.
|Charles Ricketts, poster for The Dynasts (1920) (©) Victoria and Albert Museum, London|