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The Red Ploughman

Poster
April 1920 (published)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This poster was made soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Aimed at rallying Russia’s large and predominantly illiterate population, it pledges to do away with the old order, symbolised by the paraphernalia of church, aristocracy and army being ploughed into the ground by a red-shirted peasant. The caption reads: ‘On the wild field amid the ruins of evil Lordship and Capital we shall drive our plough and gather the good harvest of happiness for the whole working people'

The poster was given to the Museum by Sir Basil Thomson KCB, the then Director of Intelligence Services. This poster had probably been confiscated by British Intelligence Services on its arrival in the country, for fear it would stir up revolutionary feeling amongst British workers.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithography
Brief Description
Poster, 'The Red Ploughman'; Russia, 1920
Physical Description
Landscape format poster printed in colours. A ploughman in red shirt and striped trousers drives his black horse harnessed to a plough from right to left across the image. On the ground beneath their feet are strewn crowns, helmets, sacks of money etc. Behind the ploughman a huge yellow sunburst breaks against a night sky.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 527mm
  • Sheet width: 708mm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Красный Пахарь (Inscription; decoration; Russian; Cyrillic; below the image; lithography)
  • Details of publication etc (Publisher's identification; Russian; Cyrillic; in all four corners of the sheet.; lithography)
  • See translation
Gallery Label
This poster was made soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Aimed at rallying Russia’s large and predominantly illiterate population, it pledges to do away with the old order. A red-shirted peasant ploughs into the ground the paraphernalia of church, aristocracy and army. Storm clouds of change make way for glorious sunshine. A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution, V&A, Galleries 88a and 90, (1 May-2 Nov 2014)(01/05/2014-02/11/2014)
Credit line
Given by Sir Basil Thomson KCB
Production
all inscriptions are in Russian the title above is a translation
Subjects depicted
Place Depicted
Summary
This poster was made soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917. Aimed at rallying Russia’s large and predominantly illiterate population, it pledges to do away with the old order, symbolised by the paraphernalia of church, aristocracy and army being ploughed into the ground by a red-shirted peasant. The caption reads: ‘On the wild field amid the ruins of evil Lordship and Capital we shall drive our plough and gather the good harvest of happiness for the whole working people'



The poster was given to the Museum by Sir Basil Thomson KCB, the then Director of Intelligence Services. This poster had probably been confiscated by British Intelligence Services on its arrival in the country, for fear it would stir up revolutionary feeling amongst British workers.

Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • B.S. Butnik-Siversky, Sovetskii plakat epokhi grazhdanskoi voiny 1918-1921 (Moscow: 1960), p.451 (The Soviet Poster of the Civil War Era 1918-1921)
  • Pravda, 24 April 1920
  • Izvestiya, 15 May 192, p.4
Collection
Accession Number
E.2444-1921

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record createdMarch 5, 2003
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