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"Rote Kreuz-Sammlung" [Red Cross Collection]

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1914 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hohlwein, Ludwig, born 1874 - died 1949 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • 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 3G, shelf DR23

This is the first of Hohlwein's posters in aid of the Red Cross. He was renowned for his modern style and this design combined a simplified composition with bold blocks of colour. The wounded soldier is portrayed as suffering, but still noble.

Physical description

Wounded soldier shrouded in a brown cape, large red cross forms background design.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1914 (made)


Hohlwein, Ludwig, born 1874 - died 1949 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph


Height: 90.3 cm, Width: 63.5 cm

Descriptive line

Poster by Ludwig Hohlwein (1874-1949). First World War poster in aid of Red Cross volunteer nursing. Germany, 1914.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

A History of Graphic Design by Philip Meggs. Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Inc. 1983.

Production Note

in aid of German Red Cross volunteer nursing


Paper; Ink


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Politics; Volunteer; Charity; Propaganda; Soldier; Nursing


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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