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  • Place of origin:

    England (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Aldin, Cecil Charles Windsor R.B.A., born 1870 - died 1935 (artist)
    Aldin, Cecil Charles Windsor R.B.A., born 1870 - died 1935 (made)
    Rudge & Whitworth Ltd (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Process engraving

  • Museum number:

    E.705-1919

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 39

This advertisement for Rudge & Whitworth Cycles was designed by Cecil Aldin, a prolific illustrator, active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was particularly known for his cartoons and sporting imagery. This print is typical of his light-hearted style, showing the figures of John Bull and Britannia, both symbolising Great Britain, taking ‘Britain’s best cycle’ for a test spin.

Physical description

Engraving advertisements for food, drink and bicyles

Place of Origin

England (printed)

Date

ca. 1900 (printed)

Artist/maker

Aldin, Cecil Charles Windsor R.B.A., born 1870 - died 1935 (artist)
Aldin, Cecil Charles Windsor R.B.A., born 1870 - died 1935 (made)
Rudge & Whitworth Ltd (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Process engraving

Dimensions

Height: 23.6 cm, Width: 30.3 cm

Object history note

Nations are often symbolised as human being and animals. Here, John Bull and Britannia take 'Britain's best cycle' for a test spin.

Descriptive line

Pictorial advertisements for Bovril, Cadbury's Cocoa, Palethorpe's Sausages and Rudge-Whitworth Bicycles

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

Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illlustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1919, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921.

Labels and date

PRINT: ADVERTISEMENT FOR RUDGE & WHITWORTH CYCLE
English, about 1900
Colour process engraving, after Cecil Aldin (1870-1935)

Nations are often symbolised as human beings and animals. Here, John Bull and Britannia take 'Britain's best cycle' for a test spin.

E.705 - 1919 []

Techniques

Process engraving

Subjects depicted

Personification; Patriotism; Bicycles

Categories

Printed pages & sheets; Advertising

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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