The Great British Poster Artists: The Golden Age of Posters in Britain

Speaker: Graham Twemlow

Tue, 1 Jun 2021

About the lecture:

Poster art in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s was a thriving industry enabled by enlightened clients such as Shell-Mex, the London Underground, and the four railway companies. This talk will explore the works of the pioneers of British poster art including Tom Purvis, E. McKnight Kauffer, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland. Initially placing the illustrated poster in an historical context, the talk will focus on the innovative poster campaigns mounted by the London Underground, GWR (with local references), LNER and Shell-Mex.

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Meeting opens at 7:30 and the lecture starts at 7:45 pm


Our lecturer: Graham Twemlow

Locally based, Graham is a retired University academic. He writes and lectures on design history and decorative arts subjects. He is interested in all aspects of the applied arts, but with a particular passion for illustrated posters from the mid 19th Century to the mid 20th Century. An experienced speaker, he has given talks at venues such as the Royal Society of Arts, London, the Grolier Club, New York, Christie’s South Kensington, the River & Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and numerous other venues in the U.K. His publishing credits include a role as a specialist consultant, editor and contributing author to the highly acclaimed Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design