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7th December 2015

For fans of the Italian "Giallo" genre, Sim Branaghan has just completed this analysis of the UK experience (including various posters by Chantrell):

11th August 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) have acquired, as a gift from Shirley Chantrell, the original Tom Chantrell painted artwork for the 1968 Hammer film "Dracula Has Risen From The Grave". This is an important piece of Chantrell poster artwork. Chantrell designed & illustrated virtually all Hammer’s UK posters 1965-70 & thereafter provided various pieces of prototype artwork to Hammer studios too. Without a requisite photo reference of Christopher Lee as "Dracula", Chantrell posed himself for a suitable photograph & used this for his illustration. Poignantly, what we see on the poster is not, in fact, Christopher Lee but a self-portrait of Chantrell. Together with the artwork are various supporting reference materials, including the Chantrell "Dracula" photo &, of course, an example of the finished Quad poster for the film. All items may be found via the V&A Search the Collections website ( & will be available in the Prints and Drawings Study Room for members of the public to consult.

 This is a complete record of items & relevant catalogue numbers now lodged with the V&A:

 E.579-2014 – design for film poster ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ by Tom Chantrell                             

E.580-2014 – film poster ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ designed by Tom Chantrell

E.581-2014 – photograph of alternative design for film poster ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ by Tom Chantrell
E.582-2014 – photograph of alternative design for film poster ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ by Tom Chantrell

E.583-2014 – photograph of early alternative design for film poster ‘Dracula Has Risen From The Grave’ by Tom Chantrell

E.584-2014 – photograph of Tom Chantrell posing as Christopher Lee in the role of Dracula

E.585-2014 – photograph of Christopher Lee as Dracula 

16th April 2014

The movie "French Dressing" was filmed in Herne Bay 1964 (see Chantrell's poster artwork: & in Aug-Sept 2014, an exhibition will be held at the Herne Bay Museum commemorating the making of the film & with examples of Chantrell advertising materials etc. For more details see:

7th October 2013

The Star Wars acetate that we have featured on the site is coming up for auction shortly

28th September 2013

For a fascinating Interview with Tom Chantrell's widow, Shirley, please visit Eddie Shannon's website There are some fascinating personal photos here.

12th July 2013

We successfully sold the artwork for Chantrell's Quad poster for the Elvis Presley film "Wild In The Country" for £5,001 as aired in episode #20:

7th May 2013

You may be interested to see this brief Worthpoint article which features two of Tom's posters.

4th April 2013

Eddie Shannon (filmonpaper) has just published a fascinating interview with Tom Beauvais, one of Tom Chantrell's colleagues. Some interesting comments about Chantrell in the piece


3rd January 2013

The latest edition of Cinema Retro magazine (Vol 9 Issue 25) carries a 3-page article devoted to the artistry of Tom Chantrell.  You can order via  Hope you enjoy it.


4th November 2012

The Chantrell artwork for "Cleopatra" sold at Christies on 1st November 2012, the buyer paying £9,100 (including Buyer's premium).  We believe this is a record auction price for a piece of original Chantrell artwork.


11th October 2012

We have consigned two great pieces of original artwork to Christies & on 1st Nov 2012, Christies will be offering "Cleopatra" (EST £3,000-£5,000) & "Carry On Cowboy" (EST £1,500-£2,500).  We have included images & further details on this website or alternatively please see details at Christies


2nd August 2012

An interesting article about Tom Chantrell's Posters for Amicus Productions ("The Land That Time Forgot", "At The Earth's Core" etc) can be found on the BFI website:


4th May 2012

Fans of Tom Chantrell's art may be interested to know that two pieces of original artwork will be offered via Christies in their Autumn Sale of Vintage Cinema Posters. The two pieces in question will be "Cleopatra" (1963) & "Carry On Cowboy" (1966). These two very different Poster designs hint at Chantrell's range. He was equally at home, creating Posters for major international blockbusters as he was catering for the very distinct British palette.

Christies have previously handled several other pieces of Chantrell artwork. In March 2006 Christies sold the original artwork for the B-style "Bullitt" Quad (1968) for £9,000 & in September 2008, Chantrell's "Batman" (1966) artwork fetched £7,500.










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