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Poster - Rajah
  • Rajah
    Meunier, Henri Georges Jean Isidore, born 1873 - died 1922
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Belgium (printed)

  • Date:

    1897 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Meunier, Henri Georges Jean Isidore, born 1873 - died 1922 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Bertram Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a poster advertising coffee by the Belgian artist Henri Georges Meunier (1873-1922). Belgian artists, inspired by French work, began designing commercial posters in the mid-1890s. Many advertised coffee and cocoa, products of Belgium’s imperial trade. Meunier, an illustrator and printmaker, started designing posters in 1895. This poster demonstrates how quickly artists and printers learned the new skills of colour lithography (printing from stone). Before the 1890s, no printers in Belgium had adequate equipment for colour-printing large sheets.

Physical description


Place of Origin

Belgium (printed)


1897 (printed)


Meunier, Henri Georges Jean Isidore, born 1873 - died 1922 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper


Height: 650 mm, Width: 805 mm

Descriptive line

Henri Meunier. Poster for Rajah coffee, Belgian, 1897.

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

Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000
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

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Poster: Rajah

Belgian artists of the 1890s followed the lead of French designers in using lithography for commercial posters. Coffee, a product of Belgium's colonial trade, was a common subject matter. Depicted in a simple version of the Art Nouveau style, the female figure seen here suggests glamour and decadence.

Belgium, Brussles; designed by Henri Georges Meunier; printed by Gouweloos
Colour Lithograph on paper

Museum number E.440-1939
Given by Mr Bertram Evans []


Lithographic ink


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Rings; Armlet; Coffee; Bracelets; Hats; Advertisements


Posters; Advertising; Drinking; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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