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Defended to Death

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gladwin, Peter (designer)
    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
    Kennard, Peter, born 1949 (designer)
    Greater London Council (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithography

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS2

Peter Kennard's photomontages were the graphic face of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in the early 1980s. The media dubbed him Britain's 'unofficial war artist' and his work appeared in diverse contexts from the local launderette to the United Nations in Geneva. He writes 'For me, getting the work out into the world and used is as important as its production.' This poster was a part of a 'Peace Posters' pack which the radical Greater London Council of 1982-1986 produced in collaboration with Kennard. It was intended for schools, community centres and trade unions.

Physical description

Full colour photomontage of planet Earth wearing a gas mask. In the left and right lenses of the mask goggles are the flags of America and USSR, respectively. From the mouthpiece of the mask spews a cluster of nine missiles in black & white. On a black background.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1983 (made)


Gladwin, Peter (designer)
Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
Kennard, Peter, born 1949 (designer)
Greater London Council (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Marks and inscriptions

'Photomontage © Peter Kennard 1983'
white on black, upper right corner


Height: 43 cm, Width: 30 cm

Descriptive line

'Defended to Death' Nuclear Disarmament poster for the Greater London Council by Gladwin and Kennard, UK, 1983


Paper; Ink


Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Peace; Nuclear war; Flags; Bombs; Gas masks; Planet; Resistance


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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