Sabrina Pop Art
Also available as part of a group of 12.
In many ways, Sabrina was ahead of her time as an “influencer”, spearheading celebrity culture and product endorsements.
Glamourous blonde bombshells seemed to be a staple of TV comedy in the 1950s & 1960s. Like Margaret Nolan‘s partnership with Spike Milligan, and Liz Fraser‘s collaboration with Tony Hancock, Sabrina had a long association with a comedian, Arthur Askey, to the point that it became a joke in a Hancock episode.
From 1955 to 1959, she appeared in his show “Before Your Very Eyes” which made her a household name.
As her celebrity status grew, she was in high demand to endorse a wide variety of products. Sabrina appeared in advertisements to promote televisions, cars, slide projectors, nylons, drinks, and even had a new model of caravan named after her.
As well as modelling and being a general celebrity, Sabrina appeared in several films, starting in 1955 with the crime drama “Stock Car” with Frank Thornton.
After an appearance in the Norman Wisdom film “Just My Luck” with Margaret Rutherford & Joan Sims, Sabrina was reunited with Arthur Askey in “Make Mine a Million”.
Featuring Bernard Cribbins, Barbara Windsor, & Gordon Jackson, the Elstree-made comedy “Make Mine a Million” opened in some regional cinemas from the 22nd of February 1959 ahead of opening in London cinemas on the 1st of March 1959.
Horror and exploitation films were to follow, including “Satan in High Heels”, “House of the Black Death”, “The Ice House”, and ending with the Mexican Western “The Phantom Gunslinger”.
In 1974, to conform to American safety standards, British cars had to be fitted with two large bumpers. The protuberances were highly noticeable, particularly on sleek sports car models, and the motoring press nicknamed them “Sabrinas”.
Thanks to Mark of the Encyclopedia Sabrina website.
British Blonde Bombshells
Art & Hue presents British Blonde Bombshells, stylish pop art featuring iconic women of Mid-century British cinema.
Joining Sabrina in the British Blonde Bombshells collection are Diana Dors, Margaret Nolan, Liz Fraser, Barbara Windsor, and Carole Lesley.
An official collaboration with Studiocanal, this print is part of the British Blonde Bombshells pop art collection, featuring Art & Hue’s signature halftone style (halftone is an age-old technique that uses dots to make up the printed image, similar to newspapers or comic books).
Exclusively by Art & Hue, the British Blonde Bombshells pop art collection is available in three sizes and many colours, all printed on museum-quality archival matte card of 310gsm, made from 100% cotton, with fine-art pigment inks for longevity.
Available in A4, A3, and A2 sizes to fit standard-size picture frames. Please note that black frame is not included – for a guide on choosing a frame size take a look here.
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