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Drawing, Design for "Spring in the Country", November 21, 1935

This is a Drawing. It was designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer and made for (as the client) London Passenger Transport Board. It is dated November 21, 1935 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is brush and gouache, pen and black ink, photomontage, and graphite on heavy paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This series of studies provides insight into Kauffer’s process. He would begin with a rough sketch and then refine it with gouache and collage, modifying the design to create multiple versions. Kauffer would present his final design in gouache and collage to his lithographer for translation into print.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Anatomy of the Design Process.

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

Its dimensions are

37.8 × 23.8 cm (14 7/8 × 9 3/8 in.) (irregular)

It has the following markings

Verso, stamp in purple, center: DESIGNED BY/21 NOV. 1935/E MCK KAUFFER

It is inscribed

Inscribed in graphite, lower left quadrant: ?Block to correct/dimensions; verso, in graphite, lower center, upside down: BACK [encircled].

Cite this object as

Drawing, Design for "Spring in the Country", November 21, 1935; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; brush and gouache, pen and black ink, photomontage, and graphite on heavy paper; 37.8 × 23.8 cm (14 7/8 × 9 3/8 in.) (irregular); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-511

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