Well my trip was a definite success, you’ll be pleased to hear. The mission was a trip to a solicitors’ office in the Home Counties in order to sift through some of the last remaning pieces from Daphne Padden’s estate. And it was worth the journey up the A303, as I have come back with a whole carrier bag full of goodies. From which there definitely is a very interesting story to tell, when I get the time to sift through it all properly. In the meantime, some original artwork for your Friday delight.
The Torbay Express apparently still runs, but I bet it doesn’t have a menu as nice as this these days.
This greetings telegram is wonderful in its detail.
And also came with its own matching envelope.
As far as I can tell, this was never used. I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before, but there is a small and good book about Greetings Telegrams by Ruth Artmonsky, which has a full list of all the commissioned designs, and there is nothing by Daphne Padden there. I wonder why this was done in such detail then?
Finally, a small early sketch…
That fisherman is clearly a close cousin of this pair, with their black cat and pipes.
All of which is simply a taster, as there will be plenty more gems to come from the bag next week too.