Discover the striking mid-20th century design of Elizabeth Friedlander, best known for her Penguin book covers and Bauer Type Foundry typeface ‘Elizabeth’.
How often do we fully appreciate the artists behind great book designs or typefaces? In an in-depth exhibition, Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft tells the story of artist, designer and typographer Elizabeth Friedlander, who created some of Penguin Books’ most distinctive covers, and touches on her escape to London from 1930s Nazi Germany, her friendship with her sponsor – poet and printer Francis Meynell – and her work with a wartime British black propaganda unit.
The show includes rarely seen works from the artist’s compelling career including type design, wood engravings, decorative book papers, maps and commercial designs – as well as drafts and sketches for some of her Penguin covers. Friedlander’s work was not, however, limited to print and typography, and the exhibition includes examples of her work in ornamental design and pattern paper designs.
A film by Meynell’s granddaughter Katharine Meynell, ‘Elizabeth’, is shown in the museum’s Reading Room throughout the exhibition.