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Patience: D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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A poster for the Gilbert and Sullivan opera Patience was produced during Rupert D'Oyly Carte's management. Because the company toured extensively it was printed without any theatre name so it could be used in any town with the name of the local theatre overposted. This poster concentrates on an image of the sham aesthete Reginald Bunthorne gazing at a lily, in turn being adored by two maidens of his love-sick retinue, one of whom is dressed in a sunflower-print dress. The lily and the sunflower were two flowers much admired by the aesthetic movement. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company was a professional light opera company that staged Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy operas. The company performed nearly year-round in the UK and sometimes toured in Europe, North America and elsewhere, from the 1870s until it closed in 1982. Henry Matthew Brock (11 July 1875 – 21 July 1960) was a British illustrator and landscape painter of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He also did a great deal of work for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for whom he produced posters and other advertising materials.