Thursday, 24 May 2012

Peter Blake's Morgan Le Faythful (Marianne Faithfull) Pop Art Poster (1968)

Morgan Le Faythful
Peter Blake

I'm so pleased to have finally acquired a copy of this extremely rare issue of The Daily Telegraph Magazine. The cover girl is none other than Marianne Faithfull (just prior to the release of her 1968 film The Girl on a Motorcycle) striking a comic strip superhero pose, in which she is depicted as Morgan Le Faythful. The cover image was designed as a poster for the supplement by British pop artist Peter Blake, who took his inspiration for Marianne's character from the Arthurian legend of Morgan Le Fay. Blake created the image by painting upon an enlargement of a photograph by Hans Feurer and was assisted on the project by his wife, the artist Jann Haworth, who made the dragon and decorated it in fairground colours, she also created the sorceress costume that Marianne is wearing. The finished result which measured 20'' x 30'' was issued for sale through the magazine via mail order for the bargain price of  3s 6d. in April of 1968. Where are they all now I wonder ? 

All images scanned by Sweet Jane from The Daily Telegraph 10th April, 1968. Discover more about The Girl on the Motorcycle (1968) here. Read an interview with the artist Peter Blake here. More information about the Arthurian legend of Morgan Le Fay here. And finally, visit the website of the artist Jann Haworth here.


  1. Amazing, bizarre, whimsical, delightful! Thanks!

  2. I've got the poster - found on ebay a few years ago - but not the mag. Have to look out for that!

  3. Hi, I run a blog about Marianne at and have been looking for a HQ version of this for ages. Would you be able to provide a scan of just the picture for my blog? Of course I will link back to yours when I post it. x Maggie

    1. Hi Maggie,
      yeah, i'll do that when I get the time and post it here for you ; )

  4. I have a copy of the poster. It was nought for me by my aunt back in the day.


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