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Off the Ration Exhibition - Regents Park Zoo - George Him & Jan Le Witt-Him - Framed art Print

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  • Framed Vintage art print (40 x 34 cm) by George Him & Jan Le Witt-Him.
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  • Framed Size is 40 x 34 cm.
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About this artwork

In the midst of World War II, the Ministries of Agriculture and Information ordered a poster entitled 'Off the Ration Exhibition - Regents Park Zoo'. It features a playful illustration of a hefty brown kangaroo clutching a bunch of carrots, with a pig, chicken, and white rabbit peeking from its pouch. This was all to motivate folks to produce and purchase a wider variety of animal products, like rabbit meat, during the rationing period. The colors of the print are meticulously matched to the original, and it's been given the green light by the Imperial War Museum. Every single purchase contributes to the museum's ongoing operations.



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About the artist

Born in Lodz, Poland, George Him moved around quite a bit, studying in a number of cities like Warsaw, Bonn, and Leipzig. He attempted to study law in Moscow in 1917, but after witnessing the Russian Revolution and the closing of the law faculty, he returned to Warsaw. It wasn't long before he found himself in Bonn, earning his PhD in the comparative history of religions.

Eventually, he decided to follow his true passion of art and enrolled at the Leipzig Academy for Graphic Art and Book Industry. By 1922, he was a professional graphic designer, first working in Germany, then Poland, and finally settling in London in 1937.

His career in the UK began with a collaboration with Jan Le Witt from 1933 to 1954, known as Lewitt-Him, due to a fortunate commission by Lund Humphries. As war approached, they discovered they were part of a growing group of talented emigrated artists.

Him continued his freelance design and consultancy work, working in various aspects of graphic design such as publicity, exhibitions, corporate identity, and book design. During World War II, he created posters for the MoI, Post Office, Ministry of Food and other organizations, including the Polish and Dutch Governments in exile.

Post-war, his contributions to the 'Britain can make it' exhibition in 1946 and the 'Festival of Britain' in 1951 (including murals for the Education Pavilion and the Festival Clock in Battersea Park) were well-received.

In addition, he was involved in publicity campaigns such as the one for American Overseas Airlines and the 'County of Schweppshire' exploration for Schweppes, working with the well known Stephen Potter. This campaign was featured in British periodicals for about 15 years between the 1950s and 60s.

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