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poster - Festival of Britain

Festival of Britain

  • Object:

    poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (published)

  • Date:

    1951 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.307-2011

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 71, box C

Abram Games was one of the most important British graphic designers of the 20th century. He came to prominence designing information posters for the War Office during World War II; later important clients included London Transport, BOAC and British Railways. Games' iconic symbol of the Festival of Britain was used throughout the Festival, on posters, guides, leaflets, souvenirs, on the side of the Festival Ship Campania, and at events all over the country. It combined the essential elements of what would become known as the Festival Style: it was romantic, patriotic, but also jaunty and modern.

In this poster the emblem is combined with an evocative image of the British Isles, underlining the nationwide reach of the Festival of Britain. It was described by William Feaver as: 'Britannia resurgent stuck like a golf tee into the map of England, pinpointing and pirouetting with a subliminal suggestion of St Paul's looming through the war clouds, the phoenix arising and taking it on the chin.'

Physical description

Festival of Britain poster featuring the Festival emblem suspended above a green map of Britain against blue sea and sky

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (published)

Date

1951 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 50.8 cm

Descriptive line

Poster, 'Festival of Britain', unknown artist, UK, 1951

Techniques

Printing

Categories

Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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