Sam and Dave: Georgian Poster Boys

Oct 19, 2009 by

Last week we were a bit startled to see the front of St John’s House in Lichfield adorned with pop art takes on Samuel Johnson (above right) and David Garrick (above left), with a dictionary definition in the middle. It’s a bold look for a grade II* listed Georgian building.

The three works are part of Lichfield’s 52 Weeks of Art project and will be displayed on the front of the new boutique bed and breakfast for the next month. They’re part of a series of 26 artworks – designed by professional and developing artists, students and schools – which will be popping up around Lichfield over the next six months. To quote St John’s website:

The series will depict different art styles of the 20th century but with a twist as they all have a link to Lichfield. The first three duly show reworkings of Andy Warhol, with a pop art version of Samuel Johnson; Rat le Bek with a street art interpretation of David Garrick and Joseph Kosuth with a dictionary definition of the historic uses of the poster.

What next? A Banksy-style portrait of Erasmus Darwin?

Photograph © Memoirs of the Celebrated Mrs Woffington.

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