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Famous British Authors: cigarette cards issued by Wills's, 1937


40 Portraits in set

40 cigarette cards in the series Wills's Famous British Authors, issued 1937 after photographs by Howard Coster, Bassano and others. Under the management of brothers William Day and Henry Overton Wills, the company W.D. & H.O. Wills became one of the leading tobacco companies in Britain in the 19th century and was the first British company to issue cigarette cards.

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Michael Arlen, after Unknown artist - NPG D42387

Michael Arlen

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42387

Hilaire Belloc, after E.O. Hoppé - NPG D42388

Hilaire Belloc

after E.O. Hoppé
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42388

Phyllis Eleanor Bentley, after Unknown artist - NPG D42389

Phyllis Eleanor Bentley

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42389

Marjorie Bowen (Mrs Gabrielle Margaret Vere Long), after Unknown artist - NPG D42390

Marjorie Bowen (Mrs Gabrielle Margaret Vere Long)

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42390

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, after Unknown artist - NPG D42391

John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42391

G.K. Chesterton, possibly after Howard Coster - NPG D42392

G.K. Chesterton

possibly after Howard Coster
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42392

Archibald Joseph ('A.J.') Cronin, probably after Bassano Ltd - NPG D42393

Archibald Joseph ('A.J.') Cronin

probably after Bassano Ltd
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42393

(George) Warwick Deeping, probably after Bassano Ltd - NPG D42394

(George) Warwick Deeping

probably after Bassano Ltd
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42394

Walter de la Mare, after Unknown artist - NPG D42395

Walter de la Mare

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42395

John Drinkwater, after Unknown artist - NPG D42396

John Drinkwater

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42396

Sir Philip Armand Hamilton Gibbs, after Unknown artist - NPG D42397

Sir Philip Armand Hamilton Gibbs

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42397

Elinor Glyn, after Claude Harris - NPG D42398

Elinor Glyn

after Claude Harris
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42398

Ian Hay (John Hay Beith), after Unknown artist - NPG D42399

Ian Hay (John Hay Beith)

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42399

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, after Unknown artist - NPG D42400

Sir Alan Patrick Herbert

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42400

Arthur Stuart Menteth Hutchinson (A.S.M.), after Unknown artist - NPG D42401

Arthur Stuart Menteth Hutchinson (A.S.M.)

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42401

Aldous Huxley, after Howard Coster - NPG D42402

Aldous Huxley

after Howard Coster
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42402

Margaret Ethel ('Storm') Jameson, after Unknown artist - NPG D42403

Margaret Ethel ('Storm') Jameson

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42403

Sheila Kaye-Smith, after Unknown artist - NPG D42404

Sheila Kaye-Smith

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42404

Margaret Moore Kennedy, after Unknown artist - NPG D42405

Margaret Moore Kennedy

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42405

William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall, after Unknown artist - NPG D42406

William Stephen Richard King-Hall, Baron King-Hall

after Unknown artist
colour offset lithographic cigarette card, 1937
NPG D42406