E. McKnight Kauffer, a Designer and his Public


Haworth-Booth, Mark:


Gordon Fraser, London. 1979. 136 pages. 4to (30,5 x 22 cm.). Blue cloth, dust jacket. 93 text illustrations + 75 plates, some in colour. Monograph includes a checklist of Kauffer’s published work.

Edward McKnight Kauffer (14 December 1890–22 October 1954) may be best known for the 140 posters that he produced for London Underground, and later London Transport. The posters span many styles: many show abstract influences, including futurism, cubism, and vorticism; others evoke impressionist influences such as Japanese woodcuts.
He created posters for Shell Oil, the Great Western Railway and other commercial clients, and also illustrated books and book covers. Later he also became interested in textiles, interior design and theatrical design.


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