Theatrical Poster from the Library of Congress Image Library. Digital ID cph 3g08267. 188-?
In this poster advertising an early dramatisation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Dr Jekyll's alter ego, Mr Hyde, slinks away from him very much like a departing shadow. The poster was printed in Chicago, and the fact that it dates from the 1880s shows how quickly as well as widely the work had become popular. [Jacqueline Banerjee]
Related Material including other images of evil shadows
- The Impact of Hans Christian Andersen on Victorian Fiction
- "I perceived him loosening my shadow," by George Cruikshank, from von Chamisso's Peter Schlemihl
- "I sought shelter behind the cake-woman's petticoats," by Honor Appleton, from the Nelson edition of Hans Andersen's Fairy Tale (1932)
Last modified 12 December 2008