Hippodrome - Cadet Roussel, "Maitres de l'Affiche" plate 125


Genre: Maitres de L'Affiche
Genre 2: Theatre & Opera
Artist: Jules Cheret
Year Printed: 1882
Artwork Created: 1898
Size: 12" x 16"
Country of Poster: France
Printer: Chaix (Paris, France)
Restoration Detail: Restored
Condition: Flat
Grade: Fine
Condition Detail: This poster has some triming.
Additional Information: Original lithograph printed in colors, The cabaret performer Cadet Rousselle took his name from one of the most popular characters of the French Revolution, the head bailiff of Auxerre, an eccentric bon vivant. Cadet Rousselle's comic performances continued in various venues throughout Paris. Some 25 years later, we see him again in the poster by Cappiello easily recognizable with his red umbrella and bicorn hat.

This plate is from the Maitres de l'Affiche (Masters of the Poster) collection one of 256 color lithographic plates delivered to monthly subscribers in sets of four beginning in 1895 and continuing through 1900. The collection was reproduced from the original posters of ninety-seven artists in a smaller 15 3/4 x 11 3/8 inch (40 x 29 cm) format. The individual plates were issued as separate numbered sheet, with the printer's name, "Imprimerie Chaix," in the margin at the bottom left hand corner and blind stamp.

This smaller format and the fact the "Maitres" were a paid subscription allowed the printer to use the latest state-of-the-art printing techniques not normally used in the large format posters. High-quality paper was used, whereas the posters were usually printed on lesser quality newsprint. This explains why the quality of the printing, in the "Maitres de l'Affiche," usually far exceeds that of their larger counterparts.

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