Nate Evuarherhe Jr. is Librarian at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where his research interests center on 20th-century and contemporary book illustration. His work has appeared in the Creative Review, Matrix and Illustration Magazine.

Borrowed Aesthetics: E. McKnight Kauffer, Book Jacket Design and the Avant-Garde

Fig. 1. Photograph of Edward McKnight Kauffer in his New York studio (c. 1945), 21 x 23 cm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bernard Waldman Photograph Collection. Archives of Art and Design: AAD/1987/5/5.

By the 1920s, the American-born artist Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954) was recognized as a dominant force in British graphics, celebrated for the posters he designed for, among others, Eastman and Son Ltd., Eno’s Fruit Salt and the London Underground Electric Railways Company. Read More