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Artist - Edward McKnight Kauffer

Edward McKnight Kauffer, born 1890 in Great Falls, Montana, USA, died 1954. Designed posters for the Underground Group and London Transport 1915-1939

  • Educated; Mark Hopkins Institute, San Francisco, USA;
  • Educated; Paris; 1913


Edward McKnight Kauffer was undoubtedly one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the 20th century. Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism found expression in his posters, which translated the complicated language of the avant-garde into accessible commercial design. At the outbreak of the First World War, Kauffer moved from Paris to London where he gained his first commissions from the Underground. During the next 25 years Kauffer also worked for Shell, the Great Western Railway, the Empire Marketing Board and the Post Office. His designs ranged from book jackets and illustrations to stage sets and textiles, but it is for his London Transport posters that he will always be remembered.

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