Size: 3.5 x 4.5 inches double matted to 6.5 x 7.5 inches
Artist: Edward McKnight Kauffer
In the 1920s, the British magazine Posters & Publicity was published by London The Studio as a commercial art annual which featured the best in modern advertisements, design, and posters. They contained numerous colour illustrations such as this one (from a series of 4) for the Charles Eneu Johnson Ink Company done by American artist Edward McKnight Kauffer which was issued in 1922 by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London.
Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890 -1954) was born in Montana, USA. He studied in San Francisco and Paris. Kauffer came to London in 1914 and in 1915 he was commissioned by Frank Pick at London Transport. From this time he was an extremely influential designer of posters, theatre costumes, exhibition designs, murals, book illustrations, carpets and textiles. He and his wife Marion Dorn, also an accomplished designer, made a dynamic and glamorous couple. Many retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held, including those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Kauffer's connections to the artistic avant-garde in France and Britain placed him at the forefront of developments in the visual language of advertising during the Art Deco era from the 1920s to the 40s. He ranks as one of the most significant designers of the twentieth century - in Britain or anywhere in the world. His work is graphic in the sense that - at least to me - there were few extraneous flourishes.
The Charles Eneu Johnson & Company Printing Ink Company, sometime known as Charles Eneu Johnson & Company, Philadelphia Printing Ink Works. Charles Eneu was the grandson of Charles Johnson, Sr., who founded the company in 1804. A descendant reports that it was the first company in the United States set up to manufacture printing ink; previously, inks had been imported from Europe or made up by printers in small batches for their own use.
This piece has been professionally double-matted and is ready to frame.