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Woven on silk:-
Richmond Straight Cut No.1 Cigarettes ARE THE BEST
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
cm deep by cm wide
Godden quite rightly identified that an advertisement for cigarettes included a silk made by Stevens. In 1978, the then members of the Stevengraph Collectors Association received the photograph below. They were all told it was by Stevens, and this has been common wisdom ever since.
However, with the availability of the silk above, it is clear this supposed Stevens silk is probably not his at all. It is more likely a product of some other weaver.
In very detailed comparison we have:-
There would be no reason for Stevens to have redesigned this silk to this extent. There can therefore be no doubt that these are from two different weavers.
It is more likely that the cigarette company changed their suppliers of the silks, and it is for this reason that a new design was created.
Stevens silk image repeated from above for ease of comparison.