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United Nations Day

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1948 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    Fosh & Cross Ltd. (printers)
    H. M. Stationery Office (publishers)

  • 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.888-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR27

Physical description

'United Nations Day', poster featuring a man's silhouette shaking many hands on blue & khaki ground. The title is printed in blue capitals, with the date, 'October 24th 1948', printed below in white letters. Set against a background of a blue sky-line fading into olive-green, and overlaid with a white grid that recedes into the distance, is the central silhouette of a semitransparent male figure, dressed in loose clothing, walking and reaching forwards. His legs are black, and the colour fades to brown for the rest of his form, to white hands which clasp disembodied hands, also coloured white. Behind him other white shadow-like hands clasp or shake one another in greeting, and two small olive-green clouds. The overall effect suggests a surrealist style.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1948 (made)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
Fosh & Cross Ltd. (printers)
H. M. Stationery Office (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'UNITED NATIONS DAY / OCTOBER 24TH 1948 / PREPARED FOR HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT OF THE GENERAL OFFICE OF INFORMATION'
Printed below the image, each line is increasingly smaller. The top line is printed in blue capitals, the second white, and the lower line black.

'PRINTED FOR H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE BY FOSH & CROSS LTD., LONDON 51 - 45'
Lower right-hand corner, along edge of printed area

'A. GAMES'
Artist's name, printed upper left corner, red letters

Dimensions

Height: 76 cm, Width: 40.8 cm

Descriptive line

'United Nations Day', poster featuring a man's silhouette shaking many hands on blue & khaki ground, designed by Abram Games, printed for HMSO by Fosh & Cross Ltd., England (London), 1948

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Friendship; Hands; Grids; Figures; Silhouettes; Utopias; Peace; Democracy; Perspective

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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