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William Tyler

Photo credit: Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum / Adrian Waine, Photography for Industry

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‘Imperial Chemical Industries made advertising history during the Second World War on behalf of both ICI and British Art. Fifty-six portraits of ICI employees were commissioned from leading British artists, to use in a nationwide advertising campaign between 1944–1946. The intent of these so-called Prestige Advertisements was to keep ICI’s profile high during the war years, while providing badly needed employment for British artists.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum





oil on canvas


H 62 x W 50 cm

Accession number

WICIM 2014.23

Acquisition method

gift, 2014

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