This is a genuine and rare lithograph WWI Recruitment Poster.
It was published in 1916 by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London.
It is captioned: He did his duty. Will you do yours?
It is Poster No 20. Printed by Johnson, Riddle and Co., Ltd, London. S.E. and with the text: Bassano Bond Street.
Another example is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.
It is NOT a later reproduction and is most definitely a 1916 lithographic printed one as in museum collections.
The poster shows a posthumous portrait of Lord Roberts of Kandahar (1832 - 1914).
He served the majority of his military career in his country of birth, India.
His illustrious military career began by winning the Victoria Cross during the Indian Mutiny (1857-8) and he later served successfully in the Second Afghan War (1878-80) and the Boer War (1899-1902).
Known affectionately as 'Bobs' after Rudyard Kipling’s poem about him, he eventually became the last Commander-in-Chief of the British Army (1901-05).
Lord Roberts died in 1914 while visiting British troops on the Western Front - and his service was entirely appropriate for illustrating the caption on this poster.
The poster shows a framed portrait of the old soldier - with his sword, baton, plumed hat and Victoria Cross placed in front. The Union Flag is draped over the portrait and there is a laurel wreath at the top.
My print is as originally printed and in good condition. It has not been linen backed - and the colours are all nice and fresh.
There is no spotting or staining to the paper and would look wonderful framed up.
Given that it has never been framed - it is unfaded.
It measures 76 x 50 cm.
The photographs in this listing are for the actual poster that will be sent to you. I obviously do not have another example of this rare poster available - but do have another original poster issued about the same time in my Iconic Edinburgh online shop.
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