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1937

  • Work on this object began.

2021

2022

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Reproduction, The First Class Lounge on the Orient Line's Orcades II

This is a Reproduction. It was featuring artwork by Marion Dorn Kauffer and John Armstrong and made for (as the client) Orient Line, Anderson, Green & Company Ltd.. It is dated 1937. Its medium is photograph. It is a part of the department.


The first-class lounge on the Orcades II offered the familiar comfort of a living room while introducing new aesthetics. The decoration surrounded passengers with scenes of motion in the air and on land. Dorn’s furniture upholstery featured overlapping silhouettes of graceful birds in flight. Artist John Armstrong’s 14-foot-long mural of a herd of horses galloping through a fantasy landscape provided the backdrop.

This object was donated by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). It is credited RIBA Collections.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 82.6 × 63.5 cm (32 1/2 in. × 25 in.)

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

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