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Poster - Motocycles Comiot
  • Motocycles Comiot
    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, born 1859 - died 1923
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Motocycles Comiot

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1899 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, born 1859 - died 1923 (artist)
    Charles Verneau (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case PR, shelf 168, box L

Physical description

Colour lithograph poster advertising motorcycles depicting a woman in a red blouse and long black checked skirt, calmly riding a motorcycle through an agitated flock of geese. A village can be seen in the background with an elderly couple working in the fields. They look up in surprise at the passing motorcyclist.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1899 (made)


Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, born 1859 - died 1923 (artist)
Charles Verneau (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 196.5 cm, Width: 140.5 cm

Descriptive line

Lithograph by Theophile Steinlen: Motocycles Comiot. France, 1899.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The following excerpt is from Abdy, Jane. The French Poster: Chéret to Cappiello. London: Studio Vista, 1969, p.106:

'It was Verneau who printed Motocycles Comiot. This is the most amusing of all the bicycle posters. In mood, it is similar to Chéret's 'Benzo-Moteur', with its light-hearted attitude to the difficulties of traffic. It is a more impressive work than Forain's poster for the Deuxieme Salon de Cycle', five years earlier; but Forain, though he designed several posters, is an artist who always worked best on a small scale.'
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1962





Subjects depicted

Women; Motorcyclists; Geese; Motorcycles


Posters; Women's clothes; Feminism; Transport


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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