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Poster - Étoile du Nord

Étoile du Nord

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (printed)

  • Date:

    1927 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cassandre, born 1901 - died 1968 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Messrs Thomas Cook & Son. Copyright ADAGP, Paris, and DACS, London 1997

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2E, shelf DR77

This is a poster for the French railway company Chemin de Fer du Nord. Since the 19th century, French railway posters generally depicted picturesque views or bathing ‘belles’ in order to attract tourists to rail travel. Adolphe Mouron Cassandre (1901-1968) broke with this tradition by focusing on images of the train and the railway itself. He often endowed them with a new feeling of speed and the romanticism of distant travel.

Physical description


Place of Origin

France (printed)


1927 (printed)


Cassandre, born 1901 - died 1968 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper


Height: 1061 mm, Width: 764 mm

Descriptive line

Colour lithograph poster by A. M. Cassandre entitled 'Étoile du Nord', advertising the French railway company, Chemin de Fer du Nord. France, 1927.


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Railways; Advertisements; Stars


Prints; Transport; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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