Graham Twemlow

Recent blog posts by Graham Twemlow

London’s American poster king

29 May 2015

McKnight Kauffer’s Modernist posters for London Underground go under the hammer next week. By Graham Twemlow
In the design canon, from a contemporary perspective, the American-born poster artist Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) remains an enigmatic figure. Yet in the 1920s and 1930s he was the most celebrated graphic designer in the UK, writes Graham Twemlow.

High-priced ephemera

26 September 2013

A unique version of Joost Schmidt’s iconic Bauhaus poster may reach a record price at auction. By Graham Twemlow
One year after its blockbuster sale ‘Posters with a Purpose: the London Transport Museum Sale’ (see ‘The purpose of posters’ on the Eye blog) Christie’s South Kensington are staging another one-off poster sale.

A dentist’s unerring eye

17 January 2013

Dr Hans Sachs was the poster aficionado who launched Das Plakat. By Graham Twemlow
Graham Twemlow writes: A large part of the Hans Sachs poster collection is about to be sold off at auction (see ‘Back on the market’). Born in Breslau, Germany in 1881, Dr Sachs began collecting posters at the end of the nineteenth century while he was training to become a chemist (he later turned to dentistry).

Back on the market

13 January 2013

Prewar posters from the legendary collection of Dr Hans Sachs will soon go on sale at a New York auction house
A sale of 1250 prewar posters from Dr Hans Sachs’s legendary collection will take place in New York on 18, 19 and 20 January 2013, writes Graham Twemlow. The Guernsey’s auction catalogue states that: ‘… many of the posters in the collection are believed to be the sole surviving examples of those particular images’.

The men with a movie poster

31 October 2012

Eighteen works by the Stenberg Brothers (Vladimir  & Georgii), including five original designs for posters, go under the auctioneer’s hammer on 1 November 2012.
In the wake of the Christie’s sale of London Transport posters (see ‘The purpose of posters’), the 19th and 20th Century poster department at Christie’s South Kensington returns to normal with a sale of vintage posters at their Old Brompton Road saleroom tomorrow (1 November 2012), writes Graham Twemlow.