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Poster - Britain's New 'Spitfire'

Britain's New 'Spitfire'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1938 - 1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper and ink

  • 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 British Air Ministry sought to design a sophisticated high-speed fighter plane to respond to the new capabilities of the German Luftwaffe. R J Mitchell, who served as Chief Designer and his successor, Joseph Smith developed the prototype called Spitfire. Around 1938 the aircraft started being produced for use by the Royal Air Force.

Physical description

Full colour diagram of a pilot flying Britain's new 'Spitfire' over land and sea. With legend.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1938 - 1943 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Paper and ink


Height: 49 cm, Width: 73.4 cm

Descriptive line

"Britain's New 'Spitfire'" full colour diagram of Spitfire model aircraft. UK. ca. 1938 - 1943.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

War; Airplane


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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