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Ours... to fight for: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rockwell, Norman, born 1894 - died 1978 (artist)
    US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (issued by)

  • 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.75-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR2

Rockwell used his neighbours in Vermont as models for four poster designs interpreting the four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These were principles which President Roosevelt had outlined in a speech in January 1941. The aim of the posters was to inspire people through the emotionally and morally charged images of the America they were fighting for. The posters proved so popular that the Treasury mounted a touring exhibition of the original artwork in aid of war bond sales.

Physical description

Four images of an American family: speaking freely, worshipping freely, enjoying an abundance of food at Thanksgiving, and feeling safe within their home.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Rockwell, Norman, born 1894 - died 1978 (artist)
US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

OWI Poster No. 47.

Dimensions

Height: 101.8 cm, Width: 72.4 cm

Descriptive line

"Ours... to fight for: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear" by Norman Rockwell. USA, 1943.

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

"The Censored War: American Visual Experience During World War Two" by George H. Roeder, Jr. New Haven & London: Yale University Press. 1993.

Production Note

This image was also used on the cover of the 'Saturday Evening Post'

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

War; Propaganda; Freedom; Families

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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