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The Cocoa Nibs

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    c. 1925 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    S. H. Benson (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ogilvy Benson & Mather Ltd.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case PR, shelf 31, box R

Physical description

Rowntree’s Cocoa. 'The Cocoa Nibs'; Poster; Showing a large poster at a seaside beach with the staring faces of two children, a boy wearing a green scarf and a girl wearing a red scarf, both holding cups of cocoa, with the poster title in yellow beneath. The same children are on the beach building sandcastles, the boy is wearing a white jumper, short trousers, a green scarf, long black socks and white sandals and is holding a bucket and spade. The girl is wearing a blue, yellow and green striped dress, holding a black spade, is putting the finishing touches to a mound of sand, which has Rowntrees Cocoa spelt out in small white shells along the side, topped by a the distinctive yellow tin of Rowntree`s Elect Cocoa. A small black and white dog sits looking at the large poster. In the distance on the left is a the beach of a bay of a seaside town with people enjoying themselves, with deep blue sea and clear blue sky; Colour lithograph.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)


c. 1925 (printed)


S. H. Benson (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 101.6 cm, Width: 152.4 cm

Descriptive line

Poster for Rowntree's Cocoa, 'The Cocoa Nibs', showing a large poster at a seaside beach. Colour lithograph designed by S.H. Benson. Great Britain, ca. 1925.

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

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Scarves; Town; Dress; Beach; Spade; Bucket; Poster; Sandcastles; Dog; Children; Shells; Cocoa; Sea


Advertising; Prints; Drinking; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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