Proper Gander

An auction in Connneticut has this listed as a propaganda poster.

Claire Leighton vintage London Transport poster 1938

Which is clearly bonkers, even if it was produced in 1938.  At the same time though I find the idea intriguing.  Is it propaganda for trees, for the Chilterns or just for the subtle arts of Britishness?  Or are all London Transport posters in fact propaganda on behalf of Britishness, or the English?  It’s quite a persuasive thought and one I might take further one day.

In addition, it’s a very good poster too.  It came up in an auction recently and I liked it then, but didn’t quite get round to mentioning it.  The artist is Claire Leighton who, the London Transport Museum site tells me, had a really interesting life.  Although this, sadly, only left her time to design one other poster for London Transport, in the same year.

Claire Leighton vintage London Transport poster sheep 1938

I think I like that one even better.  And it’s very seasonal in this time of showers and lambing.  Has anybody got one spare for me?

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4 Comments

  1. James
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Leighton illustrated books with very delicate wood engravings too – also of country scenes. The (unaffordable!) Farmer’s Year often seems to appear (cut up and framed) at art fairs. Here – in the GAC – are the various months. http://www.gac.culture.gov.uk/artist.aspx?vw=th&id=115320&sb=WorkDate&pg=1

  2. crownfolio
    Posted April 19, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Those are rather good, aren’t they. Lucky old government…

  3. mm
    Posted April 20, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Clare Leighton also produced a set of posters for the Empire Marketing Board on a farming theme.

  4. crownfolio
    Posted April 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    So she did, thank you very much. I still like the sheep ones best though.

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