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The Grand Duke

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1896 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (designer)
    Waterlow & Sons Ltd (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 67, box A

Physical description

'The Grand Duke'. Colour lithograph poster advertising a performance of the comic opera by W S Gilbert and A. Sullivan. The design shows a full length portait of a man in a dark dress coat and breeches, with his tricorn hat on his head at an angle, hair in a stiff band at the back of his neck, medals and ribbons on his coat lapels. All on an orange background, black text and border, cream edges. Signed.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


ca. 1896 (issued)


Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (designer)
Waterlow & Sons Ltd (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

'Dudley Hardy'


Height: 33.3 cm size of sheet, Width: 49.8 cm size of sheet, Height: 76.5 cm, Width: 49.6 cm

Historical context note

The Grand Duke, a comic opera by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, was first produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, 7 March 1896.

Descriptive line

Colour lithograph poster advertising 'The Grand Duke', a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, at the Savoy Theatre, London. Design by Dudley Hardy. Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd., London. ca.1896.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1963 . London: HMSO, 1964.
Edge, Kevin. The Art of Selling Songs : Graphics for the Music Business, 1690-1990. London : Futures Publications, 1991.
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

Hat; Duke; Theatre; Man; Medals; Breeches (trousers); Coat


Advertising; Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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