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Poster - Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few
  • Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few
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Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1939-1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Ministry of Information

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 60, box D

Physical description

Poster from the Second World War including the slogan 'Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few'.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1939-1945 (made)


Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 30 in Size of sheet, Width: 20 in Size of sheet

Object history note

The slogan featured in the poster is derived from a wartime speech made by the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on 20 August 1940. It stems from the specific line in the speech, 'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few', referring to the Royal Air Force pilots who were engaged in the Battle of Britain at the time.

Descriptive line

Poster issued during the Second World War (1939-1945) entitled 'Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few'. Britain, photo-chromo-lithograph.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.





Subjects depicted



Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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