Austin Cooper All British Standard Car Saloons
Austin Cooper (1890-1964)
All British Standard Car, Saloons
Lithograph, backed to Japanese paper and framed.
75.5×48.5cm (29.7×19.1 inches)
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Born in Canada, to a farmer who had come from Ireland, he trained as an artist in the UK – at Cardiff School of Art and the Allan-Frazer College of Art in Arbroath, where he had a scholarship. Returning to Canada having obtained work as a commercial artist, he fought in Europe with the Canadian Black Watch during the First World War.
Based in London, in 1922 he designed his first poster for London Underground, which was followed by many other posters for such companies as LNER, Indian State Railways, Royal Mail Line and London Transport. The London Transport Musuem holds 54 different posters designed by Cooper.
In 1936 he became Principal of the Reimann School of Commercial and Industrial Art, the British school with German origins. Reimann was a significant contributor to the introduction of Continental modernism to the UK. In 1939 The Studio published his book Making a Poster in which he set out his design philosophy: “The functions of a poster are dual: to arrest the attention and then, having caught the eye of the passer-by, to deliver a message swiftly, convincingly, effectively.” The book ran to several impressions and was regarded as influential.
Having made his mark on the world of poster design, in 1943 he converted to being a full-time painter, his first solo exhibition being at the London Gallery in 1948.
The present poster illustrates St James’s Palace, opposite Standard’s London headquarters, the car apparently containing guardsmen.
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