London 1944

© the trustees of the estate of Feliks Topolski. Image credit: Ben Uri Collection

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Polish émigré Feliks Topolski's patriotic printed scarf design, entitled 'London 1944', with a printed sketch of allied servicemen of all nations and a London bus, was commissioned during the Second World War by Prague-born, Jewish émigré textile designer Zika Ascher, who had set up the Ascher Company with his wife Lida in London in 1942. (The Ascher name appears on the side of the bus.) Topolski signed a two-year contract with Ascher and produced 20 designs a year for the company, many including famous London landmarks, such as Big Ben.

Ben Uri Gallery & Museum



London 1944




printed design on twill


H 94 x W 86 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

purchased, 2021

Work type

Textile art

Signature/marks description

Signed lower right


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