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Poster, Exhibition of Modern Art

This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Ltd. and made for (as the client) The London Group. It is dated 1919 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The London Group formed in 1913 with the aim of regularly exhibiting a broad spectrum of British modern art. Elected secretary of the group in 1917, Kauffer designed the posters and invitation cards announcing its exhibitions. In his 1919 poster, Kauffer illustrated a pair of joined figures in a confrontational stance. The masklike faces are suggestive of a modernist trend among European artists who turned to African and tribal sculpture as a source of inspiration and appropriation.

This object was donated by Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is credited Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.

  • Drawing
  • Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
  • 1963-39-12

Its dimensions are

76 × 50.5 cm (29 15/16 × 19 7/8 in.)

It is signed

Printed in script, in black ink, center left: EMcK.K. 19 –

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, lower left: THE DANGERFIELD PRINTING CO. LTD. LONDON.

Cite this object as

Poster, Exhibition of Modern Art; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; lithograph; 76 × 50.5 cm (29 15/16 × 19 7/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-17

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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