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1938

  • Work on this object began.

1963

  • We acquired this object.

2013

2021

Poster, Autumn Woods, 1938

This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and published by London Passenger Transport Board. It is dated 1938 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.


In the 1930s, Kauffer returned to painting landscapes in his spare time, particularly when he was in the South of France or at his country home. After many years of collaboration with Frank Pick, Kauffer’s latest styles fell out of favor with him. Kauffer received fewer commissions from the Underground. This autumnal landscape was one of his last.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Beech woods in Buckinghamshire.

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

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Its dimensions are

101.4 × 62.2 cm (39 15/16 × 24 1/2 in.)

It is signed

Signed in black ink, lower left: E McKnight Kauffer Hon. R.D.I

It is inscribed

Printed in black ink, lower left: 38 . 87IF . 2000; lower right: The Baynard Press, London

Cite this object as

Poster, Autumn Woods, 1938; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; lithograph; 101.4 × 62.2 cm (39 15/16 × 24 1/2 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-99

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