c.1940 The Empire’s Strength South Africa Sinews of War Clive Gardiner
• Date: c.1940
• Artist: Gardiner, Clive
• Size (in): 39.75" x 24.75"
• Size (cm): 101 x 62.9
• Condition: B
• Linen backed: Yes
This rare poster was created by the artist Clive Gardiner and issued in the United Kingdom during the early days of WWII. This poster for South Africa is one in the “Sinews of War” series that highlighted the contributions of various commonwealth member nations that had made up the British Empire. An industrial scene in South Africa is headed by the title The Empire’s Strength with text explaining that South Africa was by far the world’s largest producer of gold and also an important exporter of agricultural goods, chrome and manganese essential to the war effort. There were at least seven posters produced for this Sinews of War series, all by different artists, highlight the contributions of different Commonwealth member countries including Canada, India and Australia.
This vintage original poster has been professionally linen backed with repairs to pinholes on the corners and some short tears on the edges in places. The poster was issued folded originally and shows some repair to wear on the fold lines and few small chips and nicks on the edges have been replaced. The poster displays nicely and overall condition is very good.