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Jan Lewitt (1907 -1991)
Lewitt-Him (1933 - 1954)
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George Him (1900-1981)

The Lewitt-Him Design Partnership

Jan Lewitt and George Him  began working together as  the Lewitt-Him design partnership in 1933, shortly after George Him returned to Poland from Germany.  Lewitt-Him  established themselves as designers of distinction in Poland, and soon became known internationally through magazines like Gebrauchsgraphik. They remained in partnership for 21 years.

In 1937 they were invited to exhibit their work at the gallery of Lund Humphreys and because they liked London they decided to stay. They were key figures in the influx of artistic talent arriving in Britain from the rest of Europe at that time, under the impetus of the threat of persecution by the Nazis and the imminent prospect of war.

During the 21 years of their collaboration they produced work of outstanding originality and quality. Their first children's book Lokomotywa, or the Locomotive, published in Poland in 1934,  is generally considered a masterpiece. Faber and Faber commissioned Lewitt-Him to illustrate The Little Red Engine gets a Name by Diana Ross (1942), which is a classic of its period.

During World War II Lewitt-Him worked for the British Ministry of Information, the Post Office, the Ministry of Food and others, also for the Polish and Dutch Governments in exile producing mainly posters. These were ahead of their time, distinguished, vivacious and witty. The Vegatabull and Shank's Pony are still remembered.

Shortly after World War 2, the Lewitt-Him Partnership contributed to the "Britain can make it" exhibition of 1946 and to the Festival of Britain (1951)  designing murals for the Education Pavilion and the Guiness Festival Clock in Battersea Park.

When the Lewitt-Him partnership came to an end in 1954, Jan Lewitt substantially retained the Lewitt-Him design archive. 

George Him's archive, which essentially dates from the period after 1954, is now deposited with the V & A Museum in London. 

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