Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Briggs and the Big Brass Bed

There's that brass bed again. At least Briggs can claim to have thought of this composition first. Perhaps his was even the piece that inspired the others who came to the big brass bed after him...

I decided to dig around and see if I had the issue of Good Housekeeping which immediately followed yesterday's - to see if Good Housekeeping had received any letters of outrage from its less open-minded readers. Remember, that illustration appeared two years prior to the 1953 release of the film "From Here to Eternity". From what I understand all that rolling around in the surf between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr had America's parental units in quite a lather... and as best as I can remember there hadn't been any breast-nuzzling in that scene. But no, it turns out Good Housekeeping did not print letters to the editor.

They did however have this beautiful (if rather more sedate) line-and-tone illustration by Briggs.


  1. Yeah I love the brass bread!
    so Briggs was the first eh? Have to say
    I think i Al Parkers Brass bead pic more, the previous
    illo is just stunning tho!
    Briggs was amazin

  2. I can't claim to know who first put his subjects in a brass bed, Drazen, only that Briggs beat out McGinnis and Jones ( and I've got a DeMers brass bed from '57 I'll be sharing at some later date ).

    But I don't doubt Lautrec must have used the brass bed many years before any of these guys did. ;-)

  3. Sounds like the Brass Bead
    would be good theme for TI !