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Gone with the Wind

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (published)

  • Date:

    1985 (printed and published)
    1981 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Houston, John, born 1950 (artist)
    Light, Bob (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Kauffmann

  • Museum number:

    E.608-1985

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 70, box A

This poster was originally designed as the back page for an edition of The Socialist Worker published for Christmas 1980. It is a parody of the poster for the classic film Gone with the Wind, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. It satirises the mutually supportive political relationship between the President of the USA, Ronald Reagan, and the British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. It also played on President Reagan's early career as a film actor. Members of the paper's design studio posed for the photograph.

Physical description

'She promised to follow him to the ends of the earth. He promised to organise it!'. Poster satirizing Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher as film actors in Gone With the Wind.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (published)

Date

1985 (printed and published)
1981 (designed)

Artist/maker

Houston, John, born 1950 (artist)
Light, Bob (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph on paper

Dimensions

Height: 59.7 cm, Width: 43.3 cm

Object history note

This was designed for The Socialist Worker, the paper of the Socialist Workers' Party.

Descriptive line

'Gone With The Wind'. Colour offset lithograph poster satirizing Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. Designed by Bob Light and John Houston for The Socialist Worker. Great Britain. 1985.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Paper; Printing ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Nuclear war; War; Satire

Categories

Politics; Propaganda; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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