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Lady Cyclist in Rational Dress Vintage Print 1901

Politically incorrect but humorous antique print from the Studio Magazine Supplement 1901, "Modern Pen Drawings European and American".

The print is from a Swiss ink drawing by a M. Vallet who worked under the nom de plume. "Godefroy". He was known for his humorous character sketches which were often of national types.

The print is rather foxed at the edges and has a tear down the left side but this would not be visible framed as the main body is in good condition for 110 years old!

The charmingly dressed but rather ample lady has just taken up the modish but outrageous sport of cycling for women. A monocled gent looks on aghast! Ladies in knickerbockers or the contemporary "Rational Dress", might well have caused apoplexy in the unreconstructed male of those days.

The accompanying caption in French reads, "Can't you see how I've slimmed since taking up cycling?"

The print measure 8.25" x 11.5"

There is a further bonus of another print on the reverse in obviously similar condition. "Boon Companions", by the Swiss genre painter Henry Van Muyden depicts a pair of drinking companions. One refuses to mix his drinks to be told he will simply putting one on top of the another!

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Lady Cyclist in Rational Dress/Knickerbockers Vintage Print 1901


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Craft type: Card making & stationery, Collage, Framing, Scrapbooking
  • Primary color: Beige
  • Secondary color: Black
  • Materials: paper, ephemera, ink
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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  • Favorited by: 10 people