edward mcknight kauffer 1890 - 1954

vintage poster for london transport 1933 sold

railway poster for GWR 1933

artwork 1930s


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

costume, exhibition designs, murals, book

illustrations, carpets and textiles. He and his wife

Marion Dorn, also an accomplished designer, made

a dynamic and glamorous couple.


Kauffer returned to America in 1940.

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 advertsing during the 1930s. He ranks as one of the most

significant designers of the 20c - in Britain or anywhere in the world.


wedgwood coffee cup and saucer for orient line with kauffer designed ol symbol c1930's £80

tramways poster 1924 sold

travel poster 1920 sold

general bus co poster 1920 sold

tramway poster 1924 sold

tramway poster 1924 sold

tramway poster 1924 sold

travel poster 1915 sold

london transport poster 1923 P.O.A

rare BP poster 1933

rare BP poster 1934

summershell poster 1938

stonehenge by kauffer 1934

great shell poster 1933

rare shell poster 1934 sold

shell poster 1934 sold

shell poster 1937 framed p.o.a

GWR Kauffer poster

1932 GWR poster for Cornwall (framed) sold


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detailed monograph on this influential designer available from Rennies priced £24.99

E. McKnight Kauffer
a designer and his public
by Mark Haworth-Booth
1st ed. 1979
hb. c.94pp. 75illus.


painting circa 1915


Our WW2 anglo - french friendship scarf by Kauffer
exhibited at Cooper Hewitt / Smithsonian September 2021