Here at Prop Store, we have had the privilege of handling a number of rare posters and poster artwork by the renowned British cinema poster artist, Tom Chantrell (1916-2001). A new documentary has just been released on what would have been Chantrell’s 100th birthday to celebrate his life and work, including interviews with family and friends, poster dealers, collectors and the authority on British film posters, Sim Branaghan (author of British Film Posters, 2006 published by the British Film Institute).
Widely regarded as one the foremost British cinema poster artists of the 20th century, Tom Chantrell was a natural born artist and skilled draughtsman. Chantrell’s talent for understanding the commercial imperatives of poster advertising was soon recognised and working for the advertising agency Allardyce Palmer, Chantrell began illustrating posters for both Fox and Warner Brothers Studios.
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