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‘Terrot & Cie. Dijon Bicyclettes de Tourisme’

Lithographic poster printed by: La Lithographie Parisienne, Robin Director, Paris

Artist: Francisco Nicolas Tamagno (Italian, born Turin 1851 – died 1933)

[Bears signature in image]

Dated: 1900

Size: 138 x 97 cm.

Materials/Media: Original lithographic poster, linen backed

Provenance: The Boskovštejn Bike Museum, Czech Republic.


Note 1: Terrot was started as a machinery factory by Charles Terrot and Wilhelm Stucklen in Germany, 1862. In 1887, they opened their second location in Dijon, France. In 1890, the factory started to produce bicycles in Cannstadt. Furthermore, the factory began manufacturing motorcycles as well. For this particular poster, Tamagno was responsible with designing the art, while Gallice was the ‘chromist’, which is the person who actually draws the chromolithographic image on the stone.


Note2 : Very little biographical information can be found about Francisco Nicolas Tamagno. It is well documented that he was one of the artists under contract with the printer Camis, who claimed to have the largest printing presses in the world, and certainly retained major companies as clients. Throughout his career Tamagno designed many different posters for Terrot, a company which, from very early on, seemed to have a clear advertising concept: speed. For each of his posters for the company, Tamagno illustrates a humorous story of a woman outpacing other forms of transportation, such as bicycles, cars and trains. Tamagno’s images are well balanced in design and print.

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