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LAPADA - Object of the Week

12th February 2015



BP Ethyl by McKnight Kauffer
Dated 1933

Original vintage advertising poster for BP (British Petroleum) ethyl anti-knock controls horse power. Fantastic photomontage design by one of the most renowned poster artists of the 20th century, Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954). Dynamic image featuring one of the 'Horses of Marly' statues (a horse being restrained by a man) from Place de la Concorde in Paris with asymmetrical lettering and a lightning strike on a black background.

The V&A in London and MoMA in New York hold a copy in their collections. Kenneth Clark, then Director of the National Gallery in London, praised Shell and BP as "Among the best patrons of modern art". Framed. Horizontal. Excellent condition. Size: 115cm x 76.5cm.



Featured image: BP Ethyl, 1933 


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