Description: Condition A. Original lithograph from "Les Maitres de L'Affiche" series. Printed by Imprimerie Chaix, Paris, 1899. Presented in 16 x 20 in. acid free, archival museum mat, with framing labels. Ready to frame. Shipped boxed flat via Fedex. Certificate of Authenticity.
Maitre Sheet Size: 11 3/8 in x 15 3/4 in 29 cm x 40 cm
A brilliant composition. By using only the whites of his shirt, the shine of his shoes and top hat, the faint wisp of smoke rising from the cigarette holder, all else lost to the black background, we are easily captivated with the intriguing J.P. The large elegant lettering in vibrant gold is set against the background, repeated in his watch and chain, and finally frames the entire image. A masterful bit of graphic design by one England's most celebrated posterists.
"The prolific English artist Dudley Hardy is best known for his work for publications and the theatre, both as illustrator and posterist. His work for commercial firms is rarer. Yet his contributions to English poster art is considerable. He really introduced the colour poster to England" (Rennert, PAI-XVIII, 129)
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