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Poster - "Brimham Rock, Yorkshire"
  • "Brimham Rock, Yorkshire"
    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980
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"Brimham Rock, Yorkshire"

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (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:

    E.1648-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 9

Shell Oil launched one of its most successful ad campaigns, "Visit Britain", during the 1930s. This poster is from that series. The goal of these advertisements was to promote driving as a leisure pursuit which allowed drivers to sightsee around the British Isles while enjoying a drive - and by extension, filling their gas tanks with Shell brand petrol. Graham Sutherland's abstracted interpretation of Brimham Rock in Yorkshire is similar in style to surrealist landscapes of the period.

Physical description

Shell poster by Graham Sutherland. UK, 1938.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1938 (made)

Artist/maker

Sutherland, Graham Vivian, born 1903 - died 1980 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

"To visit Britain's landmarks you can surf the shell".

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Width: 114 cm

Descriptive line

Shell poster by Graham Sutherland. UK, 1938.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Landmarks

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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