1897 Belle Epoque poster Morrow Illustrated Bits (‘Affiches Étrangères’)

$175.00 CAD

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Great UK magazine front cover image of woman dancing in cloud.

"By the 1890s the streets of every great metropolis were enlivened by large colourful posters). The poster had not only caught the fancy of the broad public, but its best examples were already being regarded as works of art (specifically, as fine prints) to be exhibited, reviewed in journals, collected and reprinted in a manageable form. In the last five years of the century, the Imprimerie Chaix was to play great part in codifying, hallowing and perpetuating the ebullient period of 'La Belle Epoque.' ”  (www.yaneff.com)

Poster from Volume 3 of the three-volume set, published from 1897-99. It was a printed in a limited edition of 1,050 copies.

Edited by G. Boudet and printed by Chaix.

Stone lithograph printed on fine vellum paper stock.

Slight browning along edges.

12 ¼” x 8 ⅝”


Albert George Morrow (b. Comber, County Down, 26 April 1863; d. West Hoathly, West Sussex, England, 26 October 1927) was an illustrator, poster designer and cartoonist. He was the son of a painter and decorator from Clifton Street, west Belfast.

He was educated at the Government School of Art in Belfast, and won a scholarship to study in Kensington in 1882, where he began a lifelong friendship with the British sculptor Albert Toft. He contributed illustrations to the English Illustrated Magazine, Bits and Good Words. He exhibited eleven works at the Royal Academy, and illustrated books for children and adults, but he is best known for the hundreds of posters he designed, mainly for the theatre. As a cartoonist he drew for children's annuals, and contributed three cartoons to Punch in 1923, 1925 and 1931


 “Les Affiches Etrangeres”

Illustrated with 65 full-page color plates and 2 double-page color plates, all protected with tissue; 24 full-page black and white plates, 1 double-page black and white, and numerous other in-text illustrations. 

Paris: G. Boudet and C. Tallandier, 1897. Limited edition -- from a total of 1,050 copies

This volume is the third part of a highly collectible three volume set which explores the significance of poster art in the 1880s and 90s.

The first two volumes concern posters by French artists ("Les Affiches Illustrees"), while this volume is about posters printed elsewhere (specifically: Germany, Austria, England, America, Belgium and Japan). Color lithographs printed by Imprimerie Chaix.