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Poster - These Men Use Shell
  • These Men Use Shell
    Nicholson, Ben, born 1894 - died 1982
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These Men Use Shell

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    1938 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nicholson, Ben, born 1894 - died 1982 (artist)
    Shell Mex and B.P. Ltd. (issuer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:

    E.26-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 71, box 49

Physical description

Colour lithograph poster showing a British Army footguard wearing his red uniform and bearskin hat, viewed from the shoulder up and facing to the left of the image. 'YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL' is lettered in grey across the top of the design and 'THESE MEN USE SHELL' is lettered in blue, at a diagonal, below.

Place of Origin

Britain (issued)

Date

1938 (issued)

Artist/maker

Nicholson, Ben, born 1894 - died 1982 (artist)
Shell Mex and B.P. Ltd. (issuer)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'YOU CAN BE SURE OF SHELL'
Lettered in grey across the top of the design.

'THESE MEN USE SHELL'
Lettered in blue, on a diagonal, in the bottom-right of the design.

'BEN NICHOLSON'
Signed, bottom-right corner of design.

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 114.3 cm

Descriptive line

'These Men [Guardsmen] Use Shell'. Colour lithograph poster showing a British Army footguard wearing his red uniform and bearskin hat. Part of the 'You Can Be Sure Of Shell' series. Designed by Ben Nicholson and issued by Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd., Great Britain, 1938.

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

Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1951 London: HMSO, 1962.

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Railings; Bearskins; Epaulettes; Guardsman

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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