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Poster - Ocean Front Exhibition

Ocean Front Exhibition

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ministry of Information (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour photo-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 Y, shelf 67, box E

The Ministry of Information had the task of disseminating ideas to the British public. Its aim was to present material that would intensify certain public beliefs - in this case, to support the war effort throughout World War II. To this effect, the Ministry staged a series of free exhibitions in central London's busy Charing Cross public transport station in order to expose Britons to pro-Allied forces propaganda. This poster shows a view of the Allies valiantly defeating the Japanese forces by air and by sea.

It is interesting to note that Goebbels is said to have modelled the German Propaganda Ministry on the effectiveness of the British Ministry.

Physical description

Black & white photographic image of a sea battle seen through a bomb damage-induced hole. Black puffs of smke dominate the skyline and seascape. Text.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1944 (made)


Ministry of Information (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour photo-lithography

Marks and inscriptions

white on red, upper right corner


The Air-Sea War Against Japan
red on black

At charing Cross Underground Station . Admission Free/ Feb. 22 to Mar. 19. 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. . Sundays included
white on black

grey on black

PROOF/ 11 Feb 1944
stamped [across 'O' of OCEAN]


Height: 61.8 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Descriptive line

Wartime propaganda exhibition poster issued by the Ministry of Information. UK, ca. 1944.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Sea; Battle; Propaganda; War; Exhibition; Ships


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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