Hamlet poster by J and W Beggarstaff

Bibliographic Sources

A selected bibliography of sources pertaining to the singular work of the Beggarstaff Brothers: James Pryde (1866-1941) and William Nicholson (1872-1949).

Published Sources

Books and Portfolios

Bauwens, Maurice; Hayashi, T.; La Forgue, Jules; Meier-Graefe, J.; Pennell, Joseph; and Boudét, G., editors. Les Affiches Étrangères Illustrées. Paris: G. Boudet, 1897.

Bolton, Charles Knowles. A Descriptive Catalogue of Posters, Chiefly American, in the Collection of Charles Knowles Bolton With Biographical Notes and a Bibliography, May MDCCCXCV. Boston: Winthrop B. Jones, 1895.

——. The reign of the poster. [n.p.], 1895.

Campbell, Colin. The Beggarstaff Posters. Barrie & Jenkins. London, 1990.

Hiatt, Charles. Picture Posters: A Short History of the Illustrated Placard, with Many Reproductions of the Most Artistic Examples in All Countries. London: George Bell and Sons, 1895. archive.org

Hillier, Bevis. Posters. New York: Stein and Day, 1969.

Hutchinson, Harold H. The Poster: An Illustrated History from 1860. New York: Viking, 1968.

Jones, Sydney R. Posters and Their Designers. London: The Studio, Ltd, 1924.

Malhotra, Ruth; Spielmann, Heinz; and Thon, Christina. Das Frühe Plakat in Europa und den USA: Ein Bestandskatalog. Band 1, Großbritannien Vereinigte Staaten von Nordamerika. Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1973.

Nicholson, William. An Almanac of Twelve Sports. London: William Heinemann, 1898.

——. An Alphabet. London: William Heinemann, 1898.

——. London Types. New York: R. H. Russell, 1898.

Penfield, Edward and Pollard, Percival. Posters in Miniature. New York: R.H. Russell, 1896.

Price, Charles Matlack. Posters: A Critical Study of the Development of the Poster in Continental Europe, England and America. First edition. New York: George W. Bricka, 1913.

——. Poster Design: A Critical Study of the Development of the Poster in Continental Europe, England and America. Second edition. New York: George W. Bricka, 1922.

Pugh, Edwin. Beggarstaff Brothers, illustrators. Tony Drum: A Cockney Boy. London: William Heinemann, 1898.

Sponsel, Jean Louis. Das Moderne Plakat. Dresden: Verlag von Gerhard Kühtmann, 1897.

Checklists, Exhibition and Auction Catalogues

Henriot, Alexandre. Catalogue de l’Exposition d’Affiches Artistiques, Françaises et Étrangères modernes et rétrospectives. Reihms: n.p., Nov 1896. Reprinted, Paris: Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs, 1980.

International Artistic Periodical Poster Exhibition at the Westminster Aquarium. London, 1894. Catalogue for exhibition at the Westminster Aquarium, 23 Oct 1894.


“Arcades Ambo: The Beggarstaff Brothers at Home: Reprinted from The Idler, January 1896.” The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1890-1940, no. 2 (1978): 44–50. JSTOR

Bronkhurst, Judith. “1895: The Beggarstaffs’ ‘Annus Mirabilis.’” The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1890-1940, no. 2 (1978): 3–13. JSTOR

Chilvers, Ian. “Beggarstaff, J. & W.” In A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art, (1999).

Hewitt, John. “‘The Poster’ and the poster in England in the 1890s.” Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 35, no. 1 (Spring, 2002): 37-62. JSTOR

Welsh, Louise. “James Pryde; the Edgar Allan Poe of painting.” The Bottle Imp, issue 6 (November, 2009): 1-3. Ezine of the Scottish Writing Exhibition, published by the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. www.arts.gla.ac.uk