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Poster - "A Gaiety Girl"
  • "A Gaiety Girl"
    Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922
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"A Gaiety Girl"

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (issued)

  • Date:

    ca.1893-1899 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs J.T. Clarke

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This poster is a colour lithograph. A lithograph is a picture made by printing from a flat surface (traditionally stone, now often a metal plate), on which the artist draws or paints the original design with a greasy substance like chalk. The surface is next prepared, moistened and inked; the greasy printing ink adheres to the design, which is then printed onto a sheet of paper. To make a colour lithograph, a separate printing surface is required for each colour.

Dudley Hardy made his name originally as a painter and illustrator. His bold venture into poster design in the 1890s gave him scope for all sorts of unconventional ideas. Although he was influenced by designers of the French 'artistic' poster, such as Jules Chéret, he developed a characteristically English approach with his simplified style and integrated lettering. After his initial success with a poster nicknamed 'The Yellow Girl', advertising the To-Day magazine, many of his earliest posters were commissioned for theatrical productions by the well-known firm of publishers Waterlow & Sons.

Physical description

"A Gaiety Girl". Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the musical comedy by "Owen Hall” (pseudonym of Jimmy Davis). Signed.

Place of Origin

London (issued)


ca.1893-1899 (issued)


Hardy, Dudley, born 1867 - died 1922 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 75.7 cm, Width: 48.2 cm

Descriptive line

"A Gaiety Girl". Colour lithograph poster advertising a production of the musical comedy. Design by Dudley Hardy. London, England. ca.1893-1899.

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
Malhotra, R. and Thon, C., eds. Das frühe Plakat in Europa und den USA: Ein Bestandskatalog, Band I, Grossbritannien; Vereinigte Staaten von Nordamerika. Berlin. 1973.


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted



Entertainment & Leisure; Prints; Advertising; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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