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KNIGHT, Hilary (1926- ) Poster,
"Fran Warren at Michaels Pub"
(29" x 19-½")

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Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000337
Fran Warren Poster, by Hilary Knight, ca. 1961, from Michaels Pub, New York

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000337
Ms. Fran Warren, Performer

Artist:           Hilary Knight, American (1926- )

Title:            “Fran Warren at Michaels Pub”

Performer:    Fran Warren, Singer

Venue:         Michaels Pub, 311 East 55th Street, New York, New York 10022

Date:            February 17-March 14, 1961

Medium:      Poster

Materials:     Paper

Markings:     Signed, lower right corner by the Performer and the Illustrator, “Fran Warren / Hilary Knight

Edition:         22nd /100 Editions

Dimensions: 29” x 19-½” (as framed)

Framed:        Yes, item has remained in the original frame when the artwork was acquired by Mr. Prince.

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000337

Provenance:  Neal Adair Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal PrinceMr. Neal Prince

and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.

                     Hilary Knight, Artist (Friend of Mr. Prince)



Footnote:      This item is part of Mr. Prince's Musical Theatre Collection.



Footnote¹:    Item was purchased directly from Mr. Knight in 1961, as supported by the original correspondences by Mr. Knight to Mr. Prince.




Mr. Hilary Knight was born on Long Island, New York in 1926. In 1932, Mr., Knight moved to New York with his parents – Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges – of whom were artists and writers. Mr. Knight found himself eventually at drafting school and the Art Students League, where he studied under Reginald Marsh. The Navy interrupted his studies from 1944 to 1946, but Mr. Knight went on painting and continued his illustrations, such as ships. Since the war, he has done work for Publications such as Mademoiselle, House and Garden, Gourmet, McCalls, and the Woman's Home Companion, and has painted a number of murals in private homes and has published many books and commercial works, such as this 1961 poster for Mrs. Warren’s performance. Mr. Knights most well known work behind Kay Thompson’s Books, Eliose, from 1955, which as brought Mr. Knight great fame and recognition for this outstanding illustration skills and mannerisms of this works of art.  



Fran Warren was born as Frances Wolfe, in the northern section of area in New York, referred to as the Bronx. After expressing herself with great energy, she was hired to work in the chorus line at the New York’s Roxy Theater. Se auditioned with the big band of Duke Ellington at the age of 16; though she never made it onto Ellington’s band, she soon became a singer with bands that were led by Mr. Randy Brooks, Mr. Art Mooney, Mr. Billy Eckstine, Mr. Charlie Barnet and Mr. Claude Thornhill. It was Mr. Eckstine who gave her the stage name of Ms. Fran Warren. With Mr. Charlie Barnet, she replaced Kay Starr as featured vocalist. In 1947, she name appeared on the charts for the first time, with Mr. Thornhill band’s recording of the song, “A Sunday Kind of Love” from the Columbia Records Label. Ms. Warren made a number of other records with Mr. Thornhill that year. In 1948, Ms. Warren became a soloist artist, signing on the RCA Records Label. During this period, she made a number of recordings, but her biggest hit was with the duet with Mr. Tony Martin, “I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Pray’rs)”, which reached to become the number #3 song in the Nation during this period. Other recordings which she recorded would include more duets with Mr. Martin and with Lisa Kirk. In the early 1950’s, after a number of her songs failed to chart on the RCA Label, Ms. Warren signed a new contract with the MGM Records. She had a number of records for MGM, making her last chart hit in 1953, with the song, “It’s Anybody’s Heart”. Ms. Warren recorded a LP, titled, “Hey There! Here’s Fran Warren”, with the arrangements and conducting by Mr. Marty Paich. During this period, she also ventured into musical comedy, performing in the “The Pajama Game” and later playing the title role of “Mame”. In the 1960’s, she continued to sing and tour with Mr. Harry James, as noted with this 1961 poster from Michaels Pub, located in New York.

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000337


Provenance: Bill of Sale by Mr. Knight to Mr. Prince

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