Tiresby H. Gray
Phebus Bicycle Auto Tire Poster
Bikes seem to have brought out the most vivid imagination is posterists of the Belle Epoque, and this is a fine example of it: an angel, brilliantly lit by the rays emanating from the brand name, frolicking with the bicycles wheel in deep blue space. Gray started out as an illustrator and caricaturist; his work for such magazines as Le Boulevardier, Le Boudoir and Paris Illustre was signed with the nom-de-plume Grvois. His diverse output also included menus, catalogues and costumes for the famous Paris music halls. He naturally joined in the poster mania of the 1890s under yet a new name, Gray. Some of his most imaginative, indeed otherworldly, works were for bicycles.