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Mauritius - Sugar, Rum, from the series 'Some Empire Islands' (colour litho)
Henderson, Keith (1883-1982) / Scottish
Manchester Art Gallery, UK
colour lithograph
Commisioned by the Empire Marketing Board and printed by John Horn Ltd for HMSO; 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.
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© Manchester Art Gallery / Bridgeman Images
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Dimension [pixels] Dimension in 300dpi [mm] File size [MB]
Large 2703 × 4062 px 229 × 344 mm 9 MB
Medium 682 × 1024 px 58 × 87 mm 1 MB
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