Dr. Graham Twemlow

Montana


Throughout the 1940s, the graphic designer E. McKnight Kauffer created numerous book jackets for Harcourt Brace, Alfred Knopf and others as well as his illustrated version of The Complete Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe which was published in 1946. In the same year he received a commission from the Container Corporation of America to produce a magazine advertisement for the ‘United States’ series – in which all forty-eight states were represented.
E. McKnight Kauffer, Montana, graphic design, advertising, landscape, Container Corporation of America, Edgar Allan Poe, T. S. Eliot, Man Ray, Herbert Matter, Herbert Bayer, A. M. Cassandre, Jean Carlu

Fashions in Flight


The Object of the Day for October 3, 2013 featured one of the last posters the celebrated poster artist E. McKnight Kauffer produced in England. After experiencing 25 years of commercial success as a graphic designer, the outbreak of World War II meant that commissioned work dried up and, as an American citizen, he was forced to return to his native country.
Edward McKnight Kauffer, graphic design, poster, fashion, Portrait

Beech woods in Buckinghamshire


The American born McKnight Kauffer was the most celebrated poster artist working in Britain in the inter-war years. Although renowned for his stylized modernist posters he was also capable of showing a light touch when portraying rural scenes in his printed work. This poster, one of a pair of woodland landscapes, was produced for his major client, London Transport—the company logo, the ‘roundel’, can just be made out at the lower right of the image. These two posters were displayed in close proximity to one another outside entrances to Underground stations.
E. McKnight Kauffer, London Transport, graphic design, poster, landscape, World War II