Title: Set of four London Transport posters
Designer: Clifford & Rosemary Ellis
Set of four London Transport posters by Clifford & Rosemary Ellis, c.1933.
Showing how posters can brighten up a plain stairwell.
Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were husband and wife and artist partners from 1931 onwards. During the 1930s they designed posters for large organisations such as London Transport, the Empire Marketing Board and Shell-Mex and BP Ltd.
Their design work was distinguished by a lively use of colour and form, and a complete integration of image and text into a single coherent and meaningful design. Their posters are slightly unusual, in the context of the 1930s, for the widespread use of birds and animals in a completely authentic naturalistic context.