1891 Paris-Brest-Paris. Clement Bicycles featuring Joseph Jiel-Laval


This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.

This commanding Clement poster celebrates Joseph Jiel-Laval performance at the first edition of the storied Paris-Brest-Paris. Jiel-Laval was the first rider to reach the turnaround at Brest. While he was eventually passed by competitor Charles Terront, he still placed a very respectable 2nd place. He may not have won the overall race, but his poster is wildly better than the poster put out by Terront’s sponsor!

This poster has been archivally and professionally linen backed. Virtually all original vintage posters of this era were viewed as temporary advertising and were printed on fragile, thin paper. While expensive, linen backing is a conservation method used to mount, stabilize, preserve, and protect vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value.

Artist: unknown

Year: 1891

Size: 52.75  x 83 in.  / 134 x 211 cm – Linen Backed Archival Mounting

Printer: Camis, Paris

Condition: Excellent.

This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.

Out of stock


Vintage posters are the original form of advertising. These posters, made to advertise products, were never intended to last; they were hung outdoors, rained on, and eventually torn down or covered up. The early process of stone lithography created beautiful images, but quantities were small; generally, only 2,000 to 3,000 were printed. The examples that have survived are those that were not displayed; they are the extras that didn’t get used.

By the 1950s, posters were being printed using processes much more technologically advanced than labor-intensive stone lithography. Modern Era Posters are crisp, vibrant, and capture the riders at the perfect moment in time. Official race posters have bold color schemes that jump off the wall. From its roots in the second half of the 1800s, contemporary posters continue to tell the ever-evolving story of cycling.


This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs