Illustrated Autograph Letter Signed ‘Thine always Dudley’, to ‘My dear old Ed’, thanking him for the Jubilee Guide, commenting humorously on the art world, promising to “bring out An ‘Ardy Hannual”, asking his correspondent for a story “& I’ll owe you the money, till you’re paid”. 3 pp., 8 x 5 inches, in good condition, minor marginal tears. 29 June 1897. Dudley Hardy (1867-1922), painter and illustrator. His talents coincided with the boom in illustrated magazines and the power of the poster at the turn of the century. The most famous image is the Yellow Girl, which Hardy created to advertise the magazine Today. He designed many posters for the Savoy Theatre, including those for the D’Oyly Carte operas.