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Heading: (San Francisco Mime Troupe)
Title: R.G. Davis Mime Troupe poster for "The Dowry"
Place Published: [San Francisco]
Publisher:[R.G. Davis Mime Troupe]
Date Published: [1962]

Serigraph [?], printed in red, black and yellow. 45x31.5 cm (18x12"), attached to matting with archival tape to verso of top corners. With matting: 51x41 cm (20x16").

The R.G. Davis Mime Troupe, predecessor to The San Francisco Mime Troupe, was founded in 1959 by R. G. Davis as a medium of expression of his divergent theatrical concepts. By 1961, the group transitioned to the Commedia dell'Arte format to more thoroughly comment on perceived political repression in the United States. The Dowry was the first commedia performed by the troupe, a composite of Moliere's Scalpin and Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters. The Dowry was originally performed in Golden Gate Park but performed there only twice because of Recreation & Park's arbitrary prohibition on park performances. The number 20 appears on the bottom right corner, perhaps the number of the print from an unspecified run. Rare piece of San Francisco ephemera, with no other auction records located.


A few short tears to edges, piece lacking from bottom left corner, colors bright; very good.

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R.G. Davis Mime Troupe Dowry poster 1962

Estimate $300 - $500Feb 22, 2018
San Francisco, CA, USA