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Highways of Empire

Poster
1927 (designed), 1927 (issued)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

'Highways of Empire'. Colour lithograph poster showing a half circle Mercator projection of a map of the world, with The British Empire in its traditional pink. The rest of the world is in yellow, Antarctica in white, and the seas in grey. All the main sea and air routes of the time are shown with their mileages, some with representations of ships and a single biplane at the top. Around the top of the globe are the sun, moon and stars, with roundel figures representing blowing winds each with an inscription - 'Zephyrus, Boreas, Corus, Aquillo, Eurus, Auster,' around the outside. Five columns of text below the image. Signed and dated '1927'.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithography
Brief Description
Poster designed by Gill MacDonald, 'Highways of Empire', colour lithograph poster showing a half circle Mercator projection of a map of the world, issued by the Empire Marketing Board, Great Britain, 1927
Physical Description
'Highways of Empire'. Colour lithograph poster showing a half circle Mercator projection of a map of the world, with The British Empire in its traditional pink. The rest of the world is in yellow, Antarctica in white, and the seas in grey. All the main sea and air routes of the time are shown with their mileages, some with representations of ships and a single biplane at the top. Around the top of the globe are the sun, moon and stars, with roundel figures representing blowing winds each with an inscription - 'Zephyrus, Boreas, Corus, Aquillo, Eurus, Auster,' around the outside. Five columns of text below the image. Signed and dated '1927'.
Dimensions
  • Height: 102.2cm
  • Width: 151.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
(Signed and dated '1927'.)
Credit line
Given by Mr. C. G. Holme
Subjects depicted
Associated Object
E.80-1968 (Duplicate)
Bibliographic References
  • 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
  • Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929
Other Number
15/E12 - V&A microfiche
Collection
Accession Number
E.28-1928

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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