Bedlam (The Rake's Progress, San Francisco Opera) poster by David Hockney


Artist: David Hockney

This stunning large poster, showing  David Hockney's design for the Bedlam scene in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, was created in 1982 for the San Francisco Opera Summer Festival Season. 

Hockney's 1975 designs for The Rake's Progress became some of the most important theatre design of the twentieth century - thrilling and immersive. This poster gives you a glimpse of the magic created on stage. The libretto was written by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Hockney celebrates their brilliance, placing their words centre stage for this final scene in Bedlam, an institution for the poor and insane: 'Leave all love and hope behind / Out of sight is out of mind.'

If you love with these extraordinary designs as much as we do, make sure you look at the 'Rakes Progress (Ashmolean)' poster for another perspective on these opera sets. We have a number of other related posters; please search 'opera' to see them all. 

Approximate dimensions: 99.1cm x 86.4 cm

This is an authorised David Hockney poster. It's an archive / vintage poster, printed in 1981, now collectible and in short supply. Our stock of it is sold as new. Given its age the condition is very, very good  Please hang away from direct sunlight to prevent fading. We send out posters rolled in tubes. 

Available framed for collection from Salts Mill - if you'd like to know more please email