TOURIST CLASS COCKTAIL BAR 1936
Madame Yevonde (1893 – 1975)
- 50.7 X 40.6 CM
- PERMAPRINT DYE-TRANSFER PRINT FROM ORIGINAL NEG
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Tourist class passengers also had their own cocktail bar on the Queen Mary , an unusual feature for liners of the period. Much use was made of Formica, while the overall colour scheme of cream and vermillion was set off by contrasting wave-shaped bands inlaid across the front of the bar.
This series was commissioned by Fortune magazine in 1936. Yevonde was instructed to photograph the last days of the fitting out of the Queen Mary: a brand new luxury liner. She was one of the largest and fastest ocean liners and represented the pinnacle of ship building. Put into service in 1936, she captured the public imagination and came to represent the spirit of era characterised by elegance and style. Her art deco interior, decorated with specially commissioned works by British painters and sculptors, was renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship. She made her final voyage in December 1967 and is now sited at Long Beach in California.
Madame Yevonde Be Original or Die, The British Council 1998