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Drawing - An American car
  • An American car
    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999
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An American car

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gouache drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by K. D. and E. F. Law

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 189

Wilfrid R. Addey (1912-1999) worked as a commercial artist for over sixty years, working for Dorland Advertising and Mitchells among other London advertising firms. His work shows the range of products and illustration styles, from aeroplanes and cars, beer and perfume, to satirical cartoons and calendar pin-up girls and is representative of the post war boom in advertising during the late 1940s and 1950s.

This gouache drawing shows a 1940s car of American style facing left. The outlandish style of the car, with its large grill and lights is emphasized both by its being placed in the foreground of the sheet and by the use of a bright pink to represent it. This car reflects the interest in American culture in England that was popularized mainly through Hollywood films.

Physical description

Gouache drawing of 1940s American style car

Place of Origin

England (made)


1940s (made)


Addey, Wilfred R., born 1912 - died 1999 (makers)

Materials and Techniques

Gouache drawing


Height: 41.7 cm, Width: 52 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing of an American car


Gouache; Pencil



Subjects depicted



Drawings; Advertising; Transport; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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