Charlie Chaplin on a cigarette card

Charlie Chaplin by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Charlie Chaplin
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926

I just saw this image flash up on the Face of Britain by Simon Schama. I love the style of illustration. After deciphering the signature, I discovered these 1920s cigarette cards were by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie. You can see more of his work here.

Douglas Fairbanks by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Douglas Fairbanks
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Sir John Martin-Harvey by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Sir John Martin-Harvey
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah) by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Aga Khan III (Mohammed Shah)
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Augustus John by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Augustus John
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
George Grossmith Jr by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
George Grossmith Jr
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Rudyard Kipling by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Rudyard Kipling
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Ramsay MacDonald by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Ramsay MacDonald
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Sir Alan John Cobham by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
Sir Alan John Cobham
by Alexander (‘Alick’) Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926

See more at the National Portrait Gallery website.

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Charlie Chaplin on a cigarette card