Empire Marketing Board Posters

This collection comprises posters from the British government’s Empire Marketing Board, intended to promote trade between the Irish Free State and Great Britain.

A Margaret Clarke poster from the Empire Marketing Board's Industrial Series (EMB/1).A Margaret Clarke poster from the Empire Marketing Board's Industrial Series (EMB/1).

It includes five posters designed by Margaret Clarke and two by Seán Keating as well as preparatory sketches made by Clarke. Clarke and Keating were two of only three Irish artists used by the Empire Marketing Board, the other being James Humbert Craig. The posters were commissioned between 1929 and 1930 and displayed around British towns under the collective title ‘Empire buying makes busy factories’.

Empire Marketing Board poster by Seán Keating (EMB/6)Empire Marketing Board poster by Seán Keating (EMB/6)

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Detail from an Empire Marketing Board poster by Margaret Clarke (EMB/4).
Detail from an Empire Marketing Board poster by Margaret Clarke (EMB/4).
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