The bookplate was designed by Larry Barnes the magician, versatile entertainer and Pearly King. At one time he worked at Davenports.
The leather frame has a padded leather cover which is hinged at the top. This protects the photograph during travel and, when bent back, acts as a support so that the photograph can be displayed. The photograph was taken in Berlin.
The photograph has been hand coloured. This is the stage setting used by Lewis in the 1920s and 1930s when his show consisted of manipulations and some showy illusions.
The artwork is signed S.T.C. Weeks. According to the web, Sydney Thomas Charles Weeks (1878-1949) was a painter in oil and watercolour. He was also a successful commercial artist, producing illustrations for magazines and advertising posters. Weeks exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1934-47.
Unknown artist. The artwork was reproduced as part of a large order form for the book ‘Great Magicians Tricks’ collected by Will Goldston, 1931.
Unknown artist. This is a design for a stage cloth painted in oils. The intended size is 16 feet 9 inches width by 13 feet in height. Note the famous names of magicians in the design at the left and right hand edges. The artwork is stamped Will Goldston Ltd.
Unknown artist. This is an outline design for a bijou stage at The Magicians’ Club in London. The design in the centre of the proscenium arch is a rough representation of the Magicians’ Club logo of a sphinx lying in front of a stepped pyramid.
Unknown artist. The artwork was produced as a display showcard, because there is a cardboard prop at the rear to allow it to support itself on a flat surface. Note the initials WG at the top, standing for Will Goldston. It’s possible that it was made for one of the sales outlets organised by Goldston within department stores.