Portrait of Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) c.1818-19 by Theodore Gericault (1791-1824) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen / Bridgeman Images

Exclusive Interview: Penny Dreadful


Read our exclusive interview with Paul Brady, graphic designer on Showtime’s latest paranormal thriller ‘Penny Dreadful’, on the show and working with Bridgeman. 

Gothic literature’s greatest characters meets art history’s darkest works in Showtime’s gritty horror show, ‘Penny Dreadful‘. Paul Brady, graphic design on the production, gives us this exclusive interview:

1. What was it about the Bridgeman archive that caught your eye for Penny Dreadful?

Firstly it was the service and the very helpful staff at Bridgeman, particularly Laura Summerton, which made my experience with Bridgeman Images a positive one. More than that, she helped me when I was under pressure to get a large variety of paintings, did a lot of searching for me and had a very friendly and positive attitude which just made working with her a pleasure. She is a fantastic ambassador for Bridgeman.

2. What was your favourite image that you licensed, and where was it used?

There’s too many to choose from and several I like for personal reasons. I particularly like moody paintings and characters with interesting expressions and lighting. I’ve a photographer’s and cinematographer’s eye so that’s what I’d go for. The eventual choice on this production was made from a collective committee but they also left it to me to give them options, which were always accepted with aplomb.

Seer known as sleepwalker, 1865, by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) Portrait of a Woman (oil on canvas)
Seer known as sleepwalker, 1865 by Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) / De Agostini Picture Library / Bridgeman Images Portrait of a Woman, Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse / Bridgeman Images

3. How easy was licensing images from Bridgeman?

The easiest experience and saved us so much time and back and forth. Bridgeman managed everything for us with such ease and professionalism. I wish every museum was like them.

4. How helpful was your account manager Laura?

As I said Laura helped me achieve my deadlines and creative needs, all with a smile and cheery manner.

5. How would you sum up your experience working with Bridgeman in three words?

World Class Service.

Assassinated Woman and the Furies (oil on canvas) by Fuseli, Henry (Fussli, Johann Heinrich) (1741-1825); Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss,
Assassinated Woman and the Furies (oil on canvas) by Fuseli, Henry (Fussli, Johann Heinrich) (1741-1825); Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss,

Find out more

Penny Dreadful – read more about the show.

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