Illustrated Bits by Albert Morrow, Japon lithograph, 1897


Stone lithograph of Albert Morrow’s Illustrated Bits, printed by Imprimerie Chaix (Ateliers Chéret), Paris in 1897. This world-class example of lithography captures superior resolution and color-richness to that of its large-format counterpart. The use of marbled Imperial Japon paper allows inks to rest upon its surface rather than being absorbed by a more permeable paper stock. An extremely scarce fraction of the edition of 25 are estimated to have survived to date.

Founded as “Illustrated Tit-Bits” in 1886, this periodical relaunched in 1891 as “Illustrated Bits”. This design was noted in the January 1899 issue of the poster as a “graphic hit” for artist Morrow.

Albert Morrow was born in Ireland and educated at the Government School of Art in Belfast. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, illustrated numerous books, and created hundreds of posters for the British theater. “Illustrated Bits” remains one of his most famous posters, as it perfectly captures the whimsy of Belle Epoque in England with a masterful and unique artistry.

Paper measures 8 3/16 x 12 11/32 inches. Excellent condition, free of tears, foxing, chipping, and burning. 

This piece is presented in an archival-quality rag mat and arrives accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Museum collections include: Victoria and Albert Museum (“the world's leading museum of art and design”), London. E.383-2000 (transferred from The British Museum)