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Poster - The Royal Navy at Work Exhibition
  • The Royal Navy at Work Exhibition
    Ministry of Information
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The Royal Navy at Work Exhibition

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ministry of Information (issued by)
    Henry Hildesley, Ltd. (printers)

  • 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:

    E.730-2004

  • 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 values - in this case, support for 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 railway station in order to expose Britons to pro-Allied forces propaganda. In this poster, the viewer sees a view of the Royal Navy at work.

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

Portrait format poster depicting detail of a naval ship - the helmets of some of the crew are visible from the decks. Colour guard flags flying. Text.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Ministry of Information (issued by)
Henry Hildesley, Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

The Royal Navy
white on blue

Exhibition
blue on white

Charing Cross Underground Station
black on white

DECEMBER 14th TO JANUARY 9th 9.30 A.M. TO 7.30 P.M. (SUNDAYS INCLUDED) ADMISSION FREE
white on black

PRODUCED FOR THE ADMIRALTY BY THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION
across lower margin (reddish-pink on black)

Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Henry Hildesley Ltd., London. 51-4337
lower left

Dimensions

Height: 63.6 cm, Width: 49.3 cm

Descriptive line

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

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Battle; War; Propaganda; Ships; Sea; Exhibition

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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