Details
IMAGE number
MAN464472
Title
And Their Spears, from the series 'The Empire Stands for Peace' (colour litho)
Artist
English School, (20th century) / English
Location
Manchester Art Gallery, UK
Medium
colour lithograph
Description
See 464473, 464475, 464472, 464471, 464474 Commissioned by the Empire Marketing Board and printed by Eyre & Spottiswoode for HMSO; full text: 'They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not lift up a sword against Nation, neither shall they learn war any more'; Manchester Art Gallery holds a fascinating collection of artist-designed posters, Commissioned by the British government's Empire Marketing Board between 1926 and 1933. The EMB's main function was to increase sales of Empire-grown and Empire-made goods throughout Great Britain, its Dominions and its Colonies. One aspect of its activities was a poster campaign that was designed to turn Britons into 'Empire-conscious' consumers. Over 200 posters were acquired by Manchester Art Gallery in the 1930s. The posters' strong images illustrate the Empire's people, places and products. However, for a contemporary audience, the posters sometimes express uncomfortable beliefs and raise difficult questions about the legacies of the Empire today.
Photo credit
© Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images
Keywords
walking stick / cane / coast / coastline / shoreline / coastal / sea / maritime / ship / ships / dog / sailing / animals / print / propaganda / peaceful / empire marketing board / british empire / goat / imperial / text / sails / beach / vintage poster / male / shore / peace / peacetime / biblical quote / cockerel / emb

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Dimension [pixels] Dimension in 300dpi [mm] File size [MB]
Large 2436 × 3816 px 206 × 323 mm 11 MB
Medium 654 × 1024 px 55 × 87 mm 1 MB
Copyright
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