Rare 1930s poster of Dinton Folly goes up for auction

The Dinton Folly, which was subject to an astonishing restoration in 2018, is the subject of a poster up for auction.

Wednesday, 21st April 2021, 10:53 am
The poster is by Edward McKnight Kauffer

The Auction brief says the poster is by Edward McKnight Kauffer (1890–1954), who is now considered one of the most influential graphic designers of the 20th Century.

Originally a painter from America, he moved to Britain in 1914.

He was influenced by Cubism and Vorticism, and produced posters for many organisations including London Transport and the Great Western Railway.

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He was Shell’s principal poster designer, and produced over 180 artworks for Shell during the 1920s and 1930s.

Dinton Castle, which is also known as Dinton Folly, is located just north of the village of Dinton in Buckinghamshire and was built by Sir John Vanhatten in 1769 as an eyecatcher from Dinton Hall.

He used the Folly to store his collection of fossils in the limestone walls.

The Castle recently featured on Grand Designs back in 2018.

The couple who bought the Dinton Folly back to life, put the castle on the market in 2019.

You can read about that here. The asking price was £850,000.

Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull suggest the poster could go from anywhere between £300 and £500.