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E. Mcknight Kauffer


By (author) Brian Webb
By (author) Peyton Skipwith


  • The designer of some of the most striking and influential advertising graphics of the 1920s and 30s
  • 150 illustrations, including McKnight Kauffer's outstanding work for Shell, London Underground and the Post Office
  • A new title in the exquisite new Design series
Full Description
Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was the most celebrated graphic designer working in Britain in the twentieth century. Born in Montana, he left America before the first world war to travel throughout Europe absorbing the influences of the Cubists and the German poster artist Ludwig Hohlwein. At the onset of war he settled in London. Seeing himself as a painter, he allied himself with the London Group and the Vorticists. He worked at Roger Fry’s Omega Workshops with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and in 1915 was commissioned by Frank Pick, then the publicity manager at London Underground. This was the beginning of a client/designer relationship that lasted throughout the 1920s and 30s ending only when Kauffer returned to New York in 1940. His posters, brilliantly colored and strikingly modern, struck London like a Cubist thunderbolt. Soon other clients, Jack Beddington at Shell, Sir Colin Anderson at the Orient Shipping line, the Daily Herald (the instantly recognizable Birds in Flight poster), and the Post Office were commissioning posters, brochures, book covers and illustrations. The V&A began collecting Kauffer’s posters in 1915 and he was given a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1937. E McKnight Kauffer, Design contains over 150 illustrations, many from original artworks, and work not previously reproduced. Brian Webb has provided descriptions and an introductory essay is written by Peyton Skipwith. Also avaliable:

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About the Author
Brian Webb is a designer and visiting professor at the University of the Arts, London. Peyton Skipwith is an independent art consultant.
ACC Art Books
28th Feb 2006
USA & Canada
6.34 in x 8.54 in
96 Pages
150 color
Name of series
Design Series
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