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Eat the Rich!

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Ellen (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • 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 Y, shelf 61, box E

Physical description

Illustration by E. Turner in black, white and gold, framed in red.
In the background, a small male figure in a suit sits at the head of a lavish banquet table set with gold candelabras. An imposing gold table is positioned before the viewer. The table is set with cakes and a serving knife. The knife's handle is inscribed 'Eat the Rich.' On the left side of the table is a cake printed with the faces of the Dupont family, powerful American manufacturers. The cake on the right side of the table is printed with a portrait of the Shah of Iran. Rows of cupcakes occupy the centre, bearing likensses of Texas tycoon H. Ross Perot, wealthy banker David Rockefeller, and businessman Harry Oppenheimer (whose fortune was made in African diamond mining).

Place of Origin

United States (made)


ca. 1980 (made)


Turner, Ellen (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

E. Turner '80
lower right, within image


Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 43.3 cm

Descriptive line

Poster for exhibition of personal and political works by Ellen Turner. USA, ca. 1980.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Capitalism; Art; Propaganda; Politics; Exhibition


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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