You’d think that the subject of the Morphet’s auction had been well and truly exhausted – it was only a poster sale after all. But there was one more thing I wanted to say about it, and that’s Edward Bawden.
I knew he’d done some rather wonderful London Transport posters before now.
This one was also in the Morphets sale (estimate £150-£200, sold for £1200, I say no more). It’s half of a pair poster from 1952 and is rather wonderful.
But what really surprised me was this.
For the very simple reason that I had no idea that he had ever designed a railway poster. It’s from 1954 and is a Quad Royal depicting the York mystery plays*. The National Railway Museum collection only has this one. Are there any more out there that I don’t know about? Or is it unique?
*And it only went for £440, so with hindsight I wish I’d bit a bit more bravely on it. Never mind.