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Put Strength in the Final Blow. Buy War Bonds

Poster
1918 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a proof for a poster by Frank Brangwyn, commissioned toward the end of the First World War by the National War Savings Committee (an impression of the published version is also in the Museum: E.2319-1918). Brangwyn's 1914 design for a recruitment poster - Britain's Call To Arms - was judged too horrific by the War Office. However, the War Office dropped their demand to have the poster withdrawn when it became clear that Britain's Call To Arms drew recruits in huge numbers.

In this impression the faint markings below the falling helmet reveal the texture of the transfer paper on which the design was originally drawn. This enabled the image, reversed when transferred to the lithographic stone, to be drawn as it would appear when printed. However, use of transfer paper was unusual for Brangwyn, who usually drew directly on the stone.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Lithograph, with hand colouring
Brief Description
'Put Strength In The Final Blow. Buy War Bonds'; Proof of a poster issued during the First World War; Lithograph, coloured by hand; Design by Sir Frank Brangwyn; Great Britain; 1918.
Physical Description
'Put Strength In The Final Blow. Buy War Bonds'; Proof of a poster issued during the First World War; Portrait format lithograph printed in dark blue with hand colouring. Lettering at the foot of the image; above this a soldier, back to viewer, bayonets another, who falls backward to left of image. Behind them a battlefield, a low horizon and vastgrey and white sky; Lithograph coloured by hand.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 1515mm
  • Sheet width: 1000mm
Dimensions taken from: 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
Production typeArtist's proof
Marks and Inscriptions
Instructions for lettering. (Textual information; at the bottom of the sheet; pencil)
Credit line
Given by R.G. Praill
Production
Attribution note: The hand colouring of this proof was a guide for the preparation of the stones taking the colour.

Reason For Production: Commission
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
This is a proof for a poster by Frank Brangwyn, commissioned toward the end of the First World War by the National War Savings Committee (an impression of the published version is also in the Museum: E.2319-1918). Brangwyn's 1914 design for a recruitment poster - Britain's Call To Arms - was judged too horrific by the War Office. However, the War Office dropped their demand to have the poster withdrawn when it became clear that Britain's Call To Arms drew recruits in huge numbers.



In this impression the faint markings below the falling helmet reveal the texture of the transfer paper on which the design was originally drawn. This enabled the image, reversed when transferred to the lithographic stone, to be drawn as it would appear when printed. However, use of transfer paper was unusual for Brangwyn, who usually drew directly on the stone.
Bibliographic Reference
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
Collection
Accession Number
E.3511-1931

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record createdFebruary 27, 2003
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