Poster, Power, The Nerve Center of London's Underground
This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and printed by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son and made for (as the client) Transport for London. It is dated 1930, printed 1931 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.
For 15 years, Kauffer had promoted the Underground as a way to reach a destination. But here, he celebrated the raw energy that powered the system. Kauffer fused man and machine, drawing on images he had seen in Soviet propaganda posters. Electric bolts emanate from a muscular arm and clenched fist, which punches through a spinning turbine that doubles as the Underground logo. Blue currents of energy are drawn from a simplified yet recognizable Battersea power station.
This object was
Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 102.2 × 63.2 cm (40 1/4 × 24 7/8 in.)
It is signed
Printed in script, in black ink, lower right: EMcKnight Kauffer 1930.
It is inscribed
Printed in black ink, lower left: 17.1500. 1/31; lower right: VINCENT BROOKS, DAY & SON, LTD. LITH. LONDON. W.C.2.
Cite this object as
Poster, Power, The Nerve Center of London's Underground; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; lithograph; H x W x D: 102.2 × 63.2 cm (40 1/4 × 24 7/8 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-45
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.