Less eBay, more auctions today, which makes a change. The main excitement, at least it is if you are me, is a pair of Graham Sutherland posters up for sale at Wooley and Wallis in Salisbury. This is the catalogue image.
From the text, it appears that the other poster on offer is this (image from the London Transport Museum site).
While I am sure that the catalogue knows what it’s talking about, it’s nonetheless a bit odd, because both of these designs were originally conceived as London Transport pair posters.
Given the choice, I think I’d rather have the two on offer. Not that this opinion is in any way relevant, because the estimate is £2,500 to £3,500, a sum of money which is completely unaffordable if you are currently pouring all of your savings into restoring a knackered old building.
I have to say, though, that if we weren’t being so daft, I’d be tempted. I don’t know why – after all we’ve never spent anything like that much on a poster before. So then I doubt my motives for wanting these; is it because it is they are lovely posters, or is it because I like the status of owning not just any old poster, but a Graham Sutherland London Transport Poster. Am I still in thrall to the idea of the artist even despite buying mass produced images? Quite possibly.
All of which navel-gazing sent my mind back to the mahoosive Christies London Transport Sale, where the other great Graham Sutherland poster is on offer for £1,500-2,000.
Which I also love, but am also not going to buy, because we need carpets and that’s the end of it. Except to say that I should probably return to Graham Sutherland’s posters on here one of these days.
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Lockdales, an auction house in Ipswich, have a handful of British Railways posters coming up in October. They are actually quite to my taste, as they’re mostly post-war and just a little bit quirky.
The third one is by our old friend Percy Drake Brookshaw, and rather fine it is too.
I am mildly amused by this lot, which has been subject to some rather comprehensive cropping and so is described only as “town by an ocean”.
Shall we turn this into a parlour game? Can anyone name that railway poster? (I can’t).
To round this off, there are one or two things on eBay that are worth your time and attention, starting with this.
Which is a piece of artwork for a London Transport poster, by Derrick Sayer and dating from, so the listing says, the 1940s.
It doesn’t look as though it was ever produced, as there’s no trace of it in the London Transport Museum collection. Mr Crownfolio says that it reminds him of this Schleger.
I think he has a point there. The colours also remind me of James Fitton’s work at about the same time.
I could go on, but I won’t.
Finally, this. A classic architectural work, with an early Tom Eckersley, well Eckersley Lombers cover to boot.
Currently at £12.50, but with four days to go, I think it will go higher. And I have some more Eckersley for you in a week or so too.