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Actors Prefer Shell

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)
    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1933 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, bodycolour and kaolinite on prepared board

  • Museum number:

    E.1853-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 33

Physical description

Design for a poster advertising Shell petrol showing a semi-abstract design of an actor behind a mask. Lettered across the top 'YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL' and across the bottom 'ACTORS PREFER SHELL'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)
Great Britain (designed)

Date

1933 (designed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, bodycolour and kaolinite on prepared board

Marks and inscriptions

'E. McKnight Kauffer. '33'
Signed and dated in bodycolour

Lettered with titles

'Designed by E MCK. Kauffer 22 DEC 1933'
Stamped in ink on back

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 54.6 cm

Descriptive line

Design drawing for a poster or display card for the Shell oil company showing a semi-abstract design of an actor behind a mask, by Edward McKnight Kauffer, Great Britain, 1932

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991

Materials

Pencil; Bodycolour; Kaolinite; Prepared board

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Actor; Mask; Advertisement

Categories

Designs; Posters; Advertising; Transport

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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