May 19, 2022 - Sale 2605

Sale 2605 - Lot 88

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

AUSTIN COOPER (1890-1964)


40x60 inches, 101 1/2x152 1/2 cm. John Horn Limited, London.
Condition B+: repaired tears, creases and restoration in margins and along vertical and horizontal folds.

Austin Cooper was a stylistic virtuoso and a prolific artist, whose first commercial venture was a graphic design studio in his native Canada. His highly-pictorial, Art Deco style received widespread public acclaim and he quickly found work with many of Britain's most important poster-commissioning companies, such as the London Underground, the LNER and the Empire Marketing Board. "The EMB included representations of this world-leading industry in its posters, showing it to be mighty, masterful and technologically advanced" (EMB Posters, np). Cooper's dramatically-lit manufacturing scene, with a glimpse of a factory worker, was designed to illustrate the "economic ties that connected industrial workers in Britain with the rest of the Empire" (ibid.). B.O.5. Issued by the Empire Marketing Board.