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Swift Cycles

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    c.1898 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Browne, Tom, born 1870 - died 1910 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Noel D. Sheffield

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 7

Physical description

'Swift Cycles'. Poster advertising a make of bicycle, showing three cartoon characters: one woman in the foreground in contemporaneous olive green skirt and jacket with huge puffed sleeves, her petticoat slightly showing, red gloves, and black wide brimmed hat with huge green bow, with a large brown bow in her hair at the back; behind her is a man in light brown tweed suit, handlebar moustache and monocle; in the background is another man of similar appearance but in a green suit. A roundel with three Prince of Wales feathers is top left . Colour lithograph on a pea-green background. Signed.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)


c.1898 (issued)


Browne, Tom, born 1870 - died 1910 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 96.8 cm, Width: 63.4 cm

Descriptive line

'Swift Cycles'. Poster advertising a make of bicycle. Colour lithograph. Signed. By Tom (Thomas Arthur) Browne. Great Britain. c.1898.

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
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1939, published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, London, 1950


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Bicycles; Gloves; Transport; Monocle; Women; Petticoat; Prince of Wales feathers; Roundel; Moustache


Advertising; Prints; Transport; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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