FOUGASSE (Cyril Kenneth Bird) (1887 – 1965)“Strictly between you and me…”. c.1940

£500.00

“Strictly between you and me…”. c.1940

Colour lithograph

Original wartime poster

Image:  101.6 x 63.5 cm  (40 x 25 in.)

Framed: 102.9 x 65.5 cm (40½ x 25¾ in.)

 

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Cartoonist, illustrator and designer Cyril Kenneth Bird (1887 – 1965), (Fougasse) studied engineering at King’s College, London, but also attended classes at Regent Street Polytechnic School of Art and Bolt Court, Fleet Street. WW1 injuries prevented his practising as an engineer, so he took a course with Percy V Bradshaw’s Press Art School, and his work soon appeared in Punch. He became art editor of the magazine in 1937, then was editor for four years from 1949. Bird’s sparse, graphic style became famous during WW2 when he designed posters for the government, notably ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’.

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