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Oil painting - A Rose in a Glass
  • A Rose in a Glass
    Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954
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A Rose in a Glass

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1930s (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on board

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case BECK2, shelf 12

Physical description

Painting of a rose in a glass.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, painted)


1930s (painted)


Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on board

Marks and inscriptions

'E Mc KK'


Height: 27 cm, Width: 21.9 cm

Object history note

Purchased, 1980

Historical significance: The American-born designer and painter Edward McKnight Kauffer was one of the principal graphic artists of the first half of the twentieth century. His work dominated the poster hoardings of Britain between the two world wars, and his advertisements, book illustrations and theatre designs were ubiquitous and highly influential.

At the beginning of his career, Kauffer regarded himself as a painter, rather than a graphic designer, and he continued to paint throughout his career. This is one of a group of four paintings (two landscapes and two still-lifes) by McKnight Kauffer purchased by the museum in 1980.

Descriptive line

Still Life: a Rose in a Glass. Oil painting by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1930s.


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Still life; Flowers




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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