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Calligraphic Lettering Piece from 1948

 
Calligraphic Lettering Piece from 1948 by FRIEDLANDER, Elizabeth  (1948)
Author: FRIEDLANDER, Elizabeth
Title: Calligraphic Lettering Piece from 1948
 
Year: 1948
Publisher: Unpublished [?]
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
 
Price: £300
 
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(31x42cm) Large calligraphic commission by the émigré German typographer and designer Elizabeth Friedlander. Completed for the Labour Party in 1948, the year of the foundation of the NHS, Friedlander has used thick art paper and signed her work on the verso, 'Elizabeth Friedlander July 1948' with technical details about reproduction noted in the top right corner. The image has a tracing paper overlay with dimensions in paper and is itself executed in black pen with grey and white gouache for highlighting and the border. A single central fold, the work is contained in an old manila envelope with 'Labour Party Originals' typed on a paper label. Friedlander fled Nazi Germany where she had designed the typeface 'Elisabeth-antiqua' for the Bauer Type Foundry, subsequently finding considerable success in England where she produced forged Nazi documents during the war, later moving on to book and paper design for Penguin, the Curwen Press and Britain in Pictures. She emigrated to Kinsale in Ireland where her archive is at Cork University.
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