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Poster - Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry
  • Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry
    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996
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Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR27

Physical description

'Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry', army recruitment poster, depicting two members of the Household Cavalry on horseback. The figures are depicted in a frontal pose, and are highly stylised, their faces in black shadow, their white-gloved hands silhouetted, and their uniforms simplified. Their helmets have more detail, although the plumes are 'blurs' of colour, suggesting speed and movement. Their horses are black, and again are stylised, and each of the soldiers holds a pennant. The composition slants towards the right, and the edges of the figures fade into shadow. Below the image, in the lower third of the poster is the message, 'Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry, ask to join today'. The artist's name is printed in the upper right corner, and beneath this the poster is signed by the artist to Leslie Schreyer; this dedication is dated 1982.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1950s (made)


Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Below the image, the first two words are printed red, the second blue, the second line is white, the bottom line is black

Artist's name, blue, upper right corner

'Abram Games / to Leslie Schreyer 1982'
Handwritten in pencil, by the artist, upper right corner, below printed artist's name


Height: 76.4 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Descriptive line

'Ride ahead with the Household Cavalry', army recruitment poster, designed by Abram Games, probably 1950s


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Pennants; Breastplates (body armor); Flags; Soldiers; Ceremony; Helmets; Horses; Armed forces; Uniforms; Plumes; Cavalry; Sashes


Prints; Propaganda; Arms & Armour; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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