An original design used for the cover of "Les Maitre de l'Affiche" The
text "Summer Concert" appears on the Cheret poster held aloft by a seated
elegantly dressed lady, who bekons us with an inviting smile to admire the posters.
This design appears on every Maitre plate, in a blind embossed stamp in the
bottom right corner, and on the cover that held the plates sent to subscribers
to the Maitre de l'Affiche series received
four special plates annually. These premium original lithographs, each an original
design, were created specifically for this series, and are not seen in any other
format, unlike the regular plates, which are reduced versions of larger posters.
We are most fortunate to have had the inclusion of the Special Plates (Sp),
as each one is a true example of the artist's creativity and skill. The artist
is unencumbered with a product or service to advertise, and can express himself
more freely, demonstrating his drawing ability, the essence of graphic art, with
only one or two colours. For many collectors these unique Special Plates are more
desirable than any of the regular plates.