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Earth Day 22 April 1970

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (published)

  • Date:

    1970 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rauschenberg, Robert, born 1925 - died 2008 (artist)
    American Environment Foundation (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gemini G.E.L.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

The first Earth Day was called in 1970 to promote environmental activism in the USA. Robert Rauschenberg's powerful design combines a photographic catalogue of environmental abuse with the supreme symbol of the USA, the eagle.

Physical description

Portrait format poster. Montage of nine photographic images of environmental abuse forming backdrop to a central photographic image of the American eagle. Images on the margin printed in black and white, the eagle in brown and black. Captioned at bottom and with Rauschenberg's signature

Place of Origin

United States (published)


1970 (published)


Rauschenberg, Robert, born 1925 - died 2008 (artist)
American Environment Foundation (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Rauschenberg 70'
Signature; date; centre bottom margin


Height: 856 mm sheet, Width: 642 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Poster by Robert Rauschenberg, 'Earth Day 22 April 1970', colour lithograph, USA, 1970

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

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

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Printing ink; Paper


Lithography; Collage

Subjects depicted

Waste; Eagle; Protest; Pollution; Environmental impact


Propaganda; Politics; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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