The Collins Crime Club was an imprint of William Collins and ran from 1930 to 1994, publishing some of the very best authors from the Golden Age of Crime, most notably of course, all but five of Agatha Christie's novels. By 1932 the Club claimed to have 20,000 subscribers and started to issue a quarterly magazine 'The Crime Club News' which included information on upcoming publications, reviews, adverts and topical crosswords.
This is the original artwork for the Winter 1934 Issue of 'The Crime Club News' by Catherine 'Lynette' Passy (1913-2002)
Gouache on board with the original tissue guard.
13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
Signed to verso
It's a striking composition depicting the silhouette of a policeman flanked by four groups of three geometrically stylised figures running. The piece is coloured in the purple, green and black palette which was used by The Crime Club on it's other newletters, early dust-jackets, letterheads and company stationary. The painting is in very good condition, some scuffing to the extremeties of the board, light rubbing to the corners, the tissue guard has browned/age toned, some age soiling to the surface of the painting, signed and with the artist's address to the verso.
*Collins Crime Club titles are probably the most highly sought after by collectors of the genre, especially pre-war titles in dust-jackets which are now extremely scarce. The newsletters published in the 30s hardly ever appear on the market, the Spring 1934 edition published the same year as this one carried adverts and reviews for Agatha Christie's most famous novel 'Murder on the Orient Express. Original published artwork commissions for the Crime Club, from this early period are extremely scarce indeed.