Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was one of the most influential poster artists of the 20th century.

Born in America, Edward spent the majority of his career in the UK. One of the most famous poster series he created was for London Transport and the London Underground. Edward applied all different artistic styles to his posters over the years, ranging from realism, abstraction, futurism, and cubism. He studied art in Paris, but moved to London at the beginning of the First World War.

Edward McKnight Kauffer, The Forest Glades of Epping, 1920. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals Collection.

In 1915, Edward produced his first posters for London Transport. The Forest Glades of Epping was produced in 1920. Posters such as these were used to promote leisure travel and to encourage people to live in the suburbs of London.

Key facts: Five travel posters, by Kate M Burrell, John Mansbridge, Edward McKnight Kauffer, and A A Moore, were donated to Paintings in Hospitals by the London Transport Museum in 2012.

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