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Oil painting - Landscape with Barn
  • Landscape with Barn
    Kauffer, Edward McKnight, born 1890 - died 1954
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Landscape with Barn

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    1936 (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 E, case BECK3, shelf 2

Physical description

Painting depicting a landscape with trees and a barn.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, painted)


1936 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on board

Marks and inscriptions

'E Mc KK/36'
Signed and dated


Height: 32.7 cm, Width: 40.8 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 landscape was probably painted in Aix-en-Provence, where in April 1936 Kauffer went 'on a painting expedition'; during the trip he visited Aldous Huxley and painted his garden. (Mark Haworth-Booth and G. Twemlow, E. McKnight Kauffer: a designer and his public, London: V&A, 2005, p. 78.) This is one of a group of four oil paintings by McKnight Kauffer purchased by the museum in 1980.

Descriptive line

Landscape with Barn. Oil painting by Edward McKnight Kauffer, 1936.


Oil paint; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Trees; Barn




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