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Britain Can Make It

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (issued)

  • Date:

    1946 (designed)
    1946 (issued)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Havinden, Ashley, born 1903 - died 1973 (designer)
    Haycock Press Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.459-1971

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 32

Physical description

'Britain Can Make It'. Colour lithograph poster advertising the exhibition organised by the Council of Industrial Design, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 24 September – 31 October 1946. The design shows a multi-coloured banner flag, with the text advertising the exhibition, on a white pole set against a pale-blue background. Signed and dated 'ASHLEY 1946'.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (issued)

Date

1946 (designed)
1946 (issued)

Artist/maker

Havinden, Ashley, born 1903 - died 1973 (designer)
Haycock Press Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

'ASHLEY / 1946'
Signed and dated, top-right corner of sheet.

'THE COUNCIL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PRESENTS'
Lettered along flag pole.

'BRITAIN CAN / MAKE IT / EXHIBITION / VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM / SEPT 24 - OCT 31'
Lettered along flag.

'ADMISSION 1'- DAILY 10 AM - 10 PM, SUNDAYS 2.30 PM-6PM'
Lettered in purple along bottom of design.

'UNDERGROUND TO SOUTH KENSINGTON BUSES 14,30,49,74,96'
Lettered, in blue then green, along bottom of design.

'PRINTED FOR H.M.STATIONERY OFFICE BY HAYCOCK PRESS, LONDON 51-2311'
Bottom-right corner of sheet.

'KITCHENS / POTTERY / TEXTILES / TOYS / LIVING ROOMS / JEWELLERY / FURNISHINGS / GLASS / RADIOS / LABOUR SAVERS / NURSERIES / TRAINS / BOOKS / PLASTICS / DRESS'
Lettered in white against the pale-blue ground.

Dimensions

Height: 73.5 cm, Width: 48.9 cm

Descriptive line

'Britain Can Make It'. Colour lithograph poster advertising the exhibition organised by the Council of Industrial Design, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 24 September – 31 October 1946. The design shows a multi-coloured banner flag set against a pale-blue background. Designed by Ashley Havinden. Great Britain. 1946.

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
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1971

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Exhibition; Banner; Crowns (headdresses); Flag

Categories

Prints; Advertising; Tiles; History of the V&A; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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