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HOLD William Bradley, Maitres de L'Affiche Poster, U S A 1899, Plate No.172. Cover for the Christmas Issue of the INLAND PRINTER.

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Les Maitres de l Affiche was a Limited Edition of hand engraved lithographs, in a smaller format, of the world's most meritorious street posters. Les Maitres de l'Affiche was published in Paris, between 1896 and 1900, and sold by subscription to the collectors of this modern art form. Posters were included, in the collection, because of their artistic merit or because of the interest or fame of either the subject or the artist who created the poster.
All Maitres de l Affiche were done with the permission of the artist.

These are ORIGINAL period works of Art... NOT Reproductions. They are 11.25" x 15.5".
Professional conservation framing w. acid free mats available (16" x 20")...approx.$100.00.

This print has full margins, no tears, excellent colors, some age foxing on the margin edges.
This Maitre has Crisp bright colors and is in excellent condition.
A wonderful Poster. A tasteful treatment of an often abused subject; Christmas.
The flavor is winter, great graphic example of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
The original size of the billboard poster was 17.5" x 14"; circulated in 1893.

William Bradley as per the Wikipedia entry for that name:
William H. Bradley (10 July 1868–1962) was an American Art Nouveau illustrator and artist. Nicknamed the "Dean of American Designers", he was the highest paid American artist of the early 20th century.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the age of 12 he obtained a job as a printer for a weekly newspaper. He later left for Chicago, Illinois, where he held a few brief jobs as a wood engraver and typographer before dedicating himself to freelance graphic design. He moved back to Massachusetts and set up the Wayside Press, where he served as an illustrator, editor, typographer, designer, and press manager for a periodical aptly named Bradley: His Book.

In 1954, Bradley published a memoir of his life, called Bradley: His Chap Book, though only 650 copies were ever published. The same year, he won the AIGA award, the highest honor for graphic designers. He was a prolific artist and designer up until his death at age 94.

His artistic style is considered a branch of Art Nouveau, (where he was considered the foremost illustrator and poster designer of this movement)[1] though it draws heavily from the aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Japanese block printing. His work was often compared to that of his English contemporary, Aubrey Beardsley, so much so that some critics dismissed him as simply “The American Beardsley.” Bradley was already an established artist by the time Beardsley’s designs became popular in England in 1894. Bradley's primary medium was posters, at the time a developing art form. Poster art was pioneered at the turn of the century by French artists like Jules Chéret and Toulouse-Lautrec, but Bradley is credited with popularizing the two-dimensional poster style in the United States.

Reference Plate Numbers are from the book: Masters of the Poster 1896-1900 with a preface by Roger Marx and Notes by Jack Rennert. Published by Images Graphiques, Inc New York,
Library of Congress Number: 77-94468.

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HOLD William Bradley, Maitres de L'Affiche Poster, U S A 1899, Plate No.172. Cover for the Christmas Issue of the INLAND PRINTER.


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