The Red Star Line employed a number of leading artists to provide the artwork for their postcards and other publicity materials. Their work was published by the leading printers using the latest methods during what was to become known as The Golden Era of postcards.

They included :-


A number of sets of RSL cards are unsigned and are not attributed to any particular artist.

Henri Cassiers was the most prolific of the artists who painted sets of cards for the Red Star Line. He was responsible for seven signed sets, with a number of other unsigned sets also attributed to him. Lettered sets by Henri Cassiers were A, B, C, H.

He also painted an early set with no identification (this was repeated with numbers only). This was followed by a sepia set and later by a set of Belgian scenes.

Victor Creten painted cards for the K set
Edward Pellens used woodblock printing for the L set
Louis Royon drew pen and ink sketches for the M set and added colour for the N set.
Of the lettered sets, D, E, F, G, J, O and P were unsigned with some attributed to Cassiers.

A number of art sets exist which do not have a letter assigned to them.

  1. American Litho printings unsigned
  2. Sepia cards signed Cassiers
  3. Belgian scenes signed Cassiers
  4. European folk scenes unsigned menu tops
  5. RSL liners signed Charles Dixon
  6. Oriental scenes signed Charles van Roose
  7. European scenes with heavy strong colours unsigned
  8. World Scenes signed Julien t’Felt

As to the existence of the D and I sets, menu cards with heading D have been seen but so far there is no trace of a set labelled I. The RSL sets by Cassiers represented only a small part of his total output. He painted numerous sets showing the local folk costumes of Holland and Belgium set in coastal locations, as well as sets showing towns and cities. His work was also used for a set publicising the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1901