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January 14, 2024

Vintage Posters Designed by Gustave Fraipont in the Late 19th Century

Gustave Fraipont (1849–1923) was a painter, sculptor, illustrator and poster-designer. Born in Belgium, he later became a naturalised French citizen.

Posters designed by Gustave Fraipont in the late 19th century

Professor of drawing at the Maison d’éducation de la Légion d’honneur, Fraipont was the author of numerous books on the art of drawing. In 1885, he provided illustrations for the series Le Littoral de la France at the publisher Victor Palmé. He also illustrated books on Paris and the French regions. He produced books for young people such as ‘André le meunier’ (Andre the Miller’) and ’et Yves le marin (Sailor Yves). He also illustrated the Letters from My Windmill, Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé, Robinson Crusoe’, Câline by Zenaide Fleuriot.

Fraipont painted numerous posters for railway companies, including Chemins de fer de l’Ouest and Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord, as well as official documents and paper securities. His poster Pierrefonds, North company was reproduced in the magazine Les Maîtres de l’Affiche (1895–1900). He contributed to many newspapers and magazines, such as French and Paris Courier. In 1905, he was appointed Navy painter.

During World War I, Fraipont produced several compositions for the newspaper L’Illustration, including the monuments destroyed by war: Ypres Cloth Hall, Reims Cathedral and Arras Town Hall. Gustave Fraipont was the father of Georges Fraipont (1873–1912), a member of the Society of French Artists, also an illustrator of books, but especially known for his paintings.

Here below is a set of vintage posters designed by Gustave Fraipont in the late 19th century.

Yedda, circa 1879

Enghien les Bains, circa 1880s

Chemin de fer du Nord. Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d’Oise, 1890

Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest, Normandie et Bretagne, Bains de Mer, circa 1890

Vosges, Voyages Circulaire, Chemin de Fer de l'Est, 1890

Bains de Mer de l'Ocean, circa 1891

Enghien-les-Bains, circa 1891

Enghien-les-Bains, circa 1891

Chemin de Fer de l'Ouest, Normandie, Bretagne, circa 1892

Exposition Universelle, Anvers, 1894

Château de Chantilly, Chemin de Fer du Nord, circa 1895

Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest-Normandie Bretagne, 1895

Chemins de fer du Nord Paris a Londres, 1895

Chemins de Fer du Nord, Hollande, 1895

Fleurs, Fruits, Primeurs à destination de Londres, Chemins de Fer de l'Ouest et de Brighton, 1896

"Chansons des Oiseaux", Paris, 1898

Chemin de Fer du Nord Angleterre, Belgique, Hollande, circa 1890s

Chemin de Fer du Nord, Pierrefonds, Compiègne & Coury, circa 1890s

Chemin de Fer du Nord, Saison Balnéaire, circa 1890s

Chemins de Fer du Nord, Paris Bruxelles, circa 1890s

Excursion au Mont St. Michel, circa 1890s

Excursions à La Mer, Chemin de Fer du Nord, circa 1890s

Royan, Bains de Mer les plus fréquentés, circa 1890s


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